I am an incoming history PhD Student at the University of Texas at Austin specializing in 20th century US foreign relations, especially vis-á-vis the Middle East and Russia.
I am the lead author of Incensed: The Logic of Violence in Jihadist Insurgency (working title), with Samuel S. Stanton (forthcoming, Lexington Books).
I am also very interested in international relations, conflict studies, and theology.
PhD, History, The University of Texas at Austin (begins Fall 2020)
MA, History, Kent State University (2018–2020)
BA, History, Grove City College (2014–2018)
- Minors in National Security Studies and Biblical & Religious Studies.
- Cum Laude, Honors in History.
Incensed: The Logic of Violence in Jihadist Insurgency (working title; lead author) with Samuel S. Stanton, Jr. (Lexington Books, forthcoming).
“Why Terrorists Do Not Attack American Bridges and Tunnels” (revising).
“Protecting American Bridges, Tunnels, and Dams from Terrorist Attacks,” Homeland Security Policy Paper, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center (invited, drafting).
“‘The location of the police power’: Policing the Freedom Rides and Shattering the Reified State” (revising).
Seven entries in Conflict in the Modern Middle East: An Encyclopedia of Civil War, Revolutions, and Regime Change, ed. Jonathan Zartman (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming).
One entry in Combatting Terrorism in the 21st Century: American Laws, Strategies, and Agencies, ed. William J. Lahneman (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming).
Two entries in The Federal Bureau of Investigation: History, Powers, and Controversies of the FBI, ed. Douglas M. Charles and Aaron Stockham (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming).
Review of Vladimir Kontorovich, Reluctant Cold Warriors: Economists and National Security (Oxford, 2019), in Diplomacy & Statecraft (forthcoming).
Review of Michael C. Desch, Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security (Princeton, 2019), in Intelligence and National Security (forthcoming).
Review of Sarah Churchwell, Behold, America: The Entangled History of “America First” and “the American Dream” (Basic Books, 2018), for H-Nationalism (May 2019).
Review of Adam Malka, The Men of Mobtown: Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), in Policing and Society 29, No. 3 (April 2019): 365-367.
Opinion & Public Engagement Pieces
“Disaster in the Desert: Forty Years after Operation EAGLE CLAW,” Institute for Faith & Freedom (April 2020).
“The Soviet-Afghan War at Forty: The ‘Shocks of ’79’ and the Coming of the Second Cold War,” Institute for Faith & Freedom (December 2019).
“Killing Baghdadi Does Not Equal Defeating ISIS,” Institute for Faith & Freedom (October 2019).
“Hope Springs Eternal: Forty Years of Egyptian–Israeli Peace,” Institute for Faith & Freedom (March 2019).
“Civility and the Johnson–Nixon Transition,” RealClearHistory (March 2019).
“The Endless Summer: The Democrats’ Hellish Summer of 1968,” Institute for Faith & Freedom (July 2018).
“Biting the Bullet: LBJ’s ‘Withdrawal Speech,’ Fifty Years Later,” Institute for Faith & Freedom (March 2018).
Grants, Awards, and Honors
George P. Hammond [First Place] Prize (Graduate), Phi Alpha Theta National Paper Prize Competition (Fall 2019).
- Paper: “‘The location of the police power’: Policing the Freedom Rides and Shattering the Reified State.”
Research Grant, Henry B. Leonard Endowment, Kent State University Department of History (Spring 2019).
- $500 for archival research at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library (Atlanta, GA).
- Presentation: “Why Terrorists Do Not Attack American Bridges and Tunnels: A Preliminary Investigation.”
Lynn W. Turner [First Place] Prize (Undergraduate), Phi Alpha Theta National Paper Prize Competition (Fall 2018).
- Paper: “Constrained by Reality: Tactical Nuclear Weapons under Truman and Eisenhower.”
Graduate Student Senate Domestic Travel Award, Kent State University (Fall 2018).
Intellectual Curiosity Award, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha-Alpha-Lambda Chapter, Grove City College (Spring 2018).
Joseph F. Mahoney Research Award in New Jersey Catholic History, New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission (Fall 2017).
- Paper: “‘No matter what religion we may profess’: Protestants, Catholics, and the Spanish-American War in New Jersey’s Gateway Region.”
Nels Andrew Cleven Founder’s [Second Place] Prize (Undergraduate), Phi Alpha Theta National Paper Prize Competition (Fall 2017).
- Paper: “‘The nucleus of the Arab peoples’ struggle’: Relations of the Soviet Union and the Steadfastness and Confrontation Front.”
Selected Conference Presentations
“‘The location of the police power’: Civil Rights, Law Enforcement, the Kennedys, and the Perils of Reifying the State,” Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace, Kent State University, OH (October 2019).
“Constrained by Reality: Tactical Nuclear Weapons Under Truman and Eisenhower,” The Strategic Challenge of Nuclear Weapons, 1949-1964, The Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Ohio State University, OH (May 2019).
- Co-organized panel with Dr. Ian Ona Johnson (Yale).
“Understanding Violence in Radical Ideological Insurgency,” with Samuel S. Stanton, Jr., Paper Session, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (April 2019).
- Unable to attend; presented by Dr. Stanton.
“Endowments, Organization, and Violence in the Islamic State,” (lead author) with Samuel S. Stanton, Jr., Paper Session, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (April 2018).
“Proxy War as Strategic Avoidance: A Quantitative Study of Great Power Intervention in Intrastate Wars, 1816-2010,” Undergraduate Poster Session, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (April 2018).
“Lyndon Johnson: Patriot or Cynic? The Bombing Halts, Presidential Election, and Chennault Affair of 1968,” Phi Alpha Theta Western Pennsylvania Regional Conference, Grove City College, PA (March 2018).
- Awarded Best Paper in a Panel.
“‘The nucleus of the Arab peoples’ struggle’: Relations of the Soviet Union and the Steadfastness and Confrontation Front,” Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention, New Orleans, LA (January 2018).
“Why Terrorists Do Not Attack US Bridges and Tunnels: A Preliminary Investigation,” Undergraduate Poster Session, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (April 2017).
“Views of the Gateway Region on the Spanish-American War – 1898: The Year in Review,” Conference on Faith and History Undergraduate Research Conference, Regent University, VA (October 2016).
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kent State University, Kent, OH (Fall 2018–Spring 2020).
- HIST 12070: Early America (with Dr. Leonne M. Hudson).
- Lecture, “The Election of 1800 and the Jefferson Administration.”
Research and Writing Assistant to Robert Orlando, Nexus Media, Princeton, NJ (Summer 2018).
- Worked on companion book for documentary film, Silence Patton: First Victim of the Cold War (2018).
Archival Assistant, Grove City College Archives, Grove City, PA (Spring 2018).
- Reorganized and processed the Ludwig von Mises Collection.
Intern, Grove City College Archives, Grove City, PA (Fall 2017)
Intern, Sussex County Historical Society, Newton, NJ (Summer 2017).
Academic and Professional Memberships
Society for Military History (2018–Present).
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2018–Present).
Midwest Political Science Association (2016–Present).
Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary (2016–Present).
- Secretary, Psi Chapter, Kent State University (2018–2019)
- Vice President, Alpha-Alpha Lambda Chapter, Grove City College (2016–2018).
- Organized Western Pennsylvania Regional Conference 2018.
New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, NJ (2015–Present).