I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago where I specialize in the study of secrecy and intelligence and their relationship to International Relations theory, international security, and global governance. I am also a co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs from Cornell University Press.
At the core of all my projects is an interest in understanding how governments selectively reveal and conceal what they do and the disjuncture this creates between the “front stage” and “back stage” of international politics. My first book, published in 2018 by Princeton University Press, analyzes covert forms of military intervention and the role of limited war in secrecy dynamics that surround covert intervention. A second book, published in 2020 by Cambridge University Press and with Allison Carnegie, analyzes how intelligence and other kinds of sensitive information impact the work of international organizations. Both books have received awards. More broadly, my research also assesses how states signal via covert action, the impact of publicity/secrecy on the health of international regimes, and the politics of leaks and exposed or “open secrets.” New projects focus on two areas: using declassified intelligence material to shed light on leaders, bureaucracy, and perceptions and understanding the infrastructural requirements of America’s postwar rise to global hegemony. My articles have appeared in International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, Security Studies, Journal of Politics, and Journal of Conflict Resolution.
I graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University and have held research fellowships at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University, the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University, and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.