UC Berkeley, BA History, Peace & Conflict Studies 1998
Monterey Institute of International Studies, MA International Policy Studies, 2003
Why I chose SIS
I wanted a PhD program with an international focus, multi-disciplinary approach, and support for the importance of policy-relevance in addition to theoretical rigor. Washington DC was where I wanted to study because the environment provides a variety of resources that contribute to my education and my continued professional practice. I also wanted to be in a small cohort of students and to receive enough funding to focus sufficiently on my academic work. American University was my top choice, in particular due to the presence of several scholars at SIS who I believe exemplify these criteria and who share my research interests. SIS was the right choice for me, and my experience with the school continues to improve as I have advanced my studies.
Conflict transitions, elections, referendums and direct democracy, democratization, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, United Nations