I grew up outside St. Louis, Mo., and worked for several years as a reporter before deciding to pursue a Ph.D. in International Relations. My interest in Latin American politics grew from my family's involvement with the Washington Overseas Mission, a group of doctors and dentists who volunteer to provide care in Honduras. From there, I developed a keen interest in the history and politics of the region, and its relationship with the United States. As a doctoral candidate, my research has taken me to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Panama.
Why I chose SIS
I chose SIS based on the strength of the faculty working on U.S.-Latin American relations, as well as its location in Washington, D.C. I have benefitted enormously from relationships with faculty members in the school and across campus. The school values a wide variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches, which is important to me because my own work in International Relations draws on elements of diplomatic history. I have been consistently impressed by my fellow doctoral students, who leverage many approaches, from statistical analysis to discourse analysis, to answer diverse questions, all of them important and interesting.
M.A., U.S. foreign policy, School of International Service, AU (May 2013)
Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia (May 2005)
Previous Employment Experience
Adjunct Instructor, American University Community of Scholars
Faculty Director, SIS Pre-College Programs, American University
Awards & Fellowships
Doctoral research fellow, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University
John D. Martz III Award for best paper by a graduate student, Mid-Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies, Washington, D.C
William C. Olson Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Ph.D. Student
Tinker Foundation Dissertation Award, for research in Panama and Argentina
American University Doctoral Research Awards, for research in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico
Inter-American relations, U.S. foreign policy, comparative foreign policy, Latin American politics, small and middle power in IR theory