I am a Gus T. Ridgel Fellow and doctoral candidate in Political Science with emphasis on Comparative Politics and International Relations. I am primarily interested in the relationship between colonial exclusionary policies and indigenous populations, on state capacity in post-colonial states. My other research interests include the effect of globalization on local mediation of natural resource extraction in Southeast Asia, the mediation of riparian interstate disputes by IGOs, and the importance of administrative capacity for varying levels of police brutality and state violence in light of the new wave of social activism in the United States.
"Conflict Prevention?: Exploring the Effectiveness of River Basin Organizations in Mediating Riparian Conflict." Presented at Midwest Political Science Association, 2018, Chicago, IL.
“State Capacity and Colonial Settlement”. Presented at Midwest Political Science Association, 2017, Chicago, IL.
“Expanding the Borders of Protest: Scholarship, Activism, and Collaboration.” Presented at the 4th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
“Heirlooms of Colonialism: State Capacity in Post-Colonial States”. Lecture presented at Northern Illinois UniversityCenter for Southeast Asian Studies, 2016, Dekalb, IL.
“Militarization and Governance: A Comparative Analysis of Regime Type and State Capacity.” Presented at Midwest Political Science Association, 2016, Chicago, IL.
“Appendages of the Past: Colonialism, Institutional Development, and State Capacity.” Presented at Midwest Political Science Association, 2015, Chicago, IL.
“Re-Imagining State Formation and Colonial Policy.” Presented at NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies Student Research Conference, 2014, Dekalb, IL.
“Re-Imagining State Formation and Political Legitimacy.” Presented at Southeast Asia Program Cornell Graduate Student Conference, 2014, Ithaca, NY.
“Freshwater Conflict and Cooperative Agreements among Southeast Asian Countries”. Presented at NIU CSEAS Student Research Conference. 2013, Dekalb, IL.
“Freshwater Resource Conflict and Cooperation in Southeast Asian Riparian States.” Presented at Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) Research Conference, 2012, Madison, WI.
“Freshwater Resource Conflict and Cooperation in Southeast Asian Riparian States.” Presented at Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference, 2012, Omaha, NE