I research the intersection of domestic politics, international relations theory, and U.S. foreign policy. The scope of my work extends throughout political science, including American politics and institutions, comparative government, and political science education. Substantively, either on my own or in collaboration with co-authors, I have helped to advance the discipline’s understanding of empire and international hierarchy, resource politics (the “resource curse”), and polarization in the classroom. I carry out this work using methods appropriate to the question, including Bayesian process-tracing, archival research, experimental methods, cross-national data, and synthetic controls.

My research has appeared in

  • International Organization
  • International Studies Quarterly
  • Comparative Political Studies
  • Journal of Conflict Resolution
  • Security Studies
  • International Theory
  • Conflict Management and Peace Studies
  • Journal of Common Market Studies
  • International Studies Review
  • Presidential Studies Quarterly
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Journal of Global Security Studies
  • Studies in American Political Development
  • American Politics Research
  • and the Journal of Political Science Education

My current major research project is a book-length manuscript tracing the development of informal institutions in the United States and their effects on the country’s foreign policy during the Founding period and the nineteenth century. Additional working papers address presidential prerogatives in trade negotiations, the role of a leading state’s domestic politics in hegemonic orders, and the whether tripwire forces affect public support for intervention.


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U.S. Foreign Policy and Domestic Politics

Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy

International Hierarchy and Empire

Oil Politics / Resource Curse

Political Science Education