My research focuses on international relations theory and U.S. foreign policy. The applications of my work extend throughout political science, including contributions to the study of 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. Research from these projects has appeared in journals including International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, International Theory, American Politics Research, and the Journal of Political Science Education.

I employ methods appropriate to the question at hand, including process-tracing, comparative case studies, experimental methods, traditional regression analysis, and sophisticated observational methods such as synthetic controls.

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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International Hierarchy and Empire

Foreign Policy and Political Parties

International Hegemony Meets Domestic Politics: Why Liberals Can Be Pessimists” (Conditionally accepted as part of Security Studies special issue on Hegemony 3.0)

Oil Politics / Resource Curse

Ideas, Popular Culture, and World Politics

Political Science Education and Polarization in the Classroom

Fair and Balanced? Experimental Evidence on Partisan Bias in Grading.” (With Mark Carl Rom.) 2015. American Politics Research. (alternative link)

Political Outcome Bias in Grading: Identifying Problems and Suggesting Solutions.” (With: Mark Carl Rom.) 2014. Journal of Political Science Education. (alternative link)