I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University with a focus on international relations and information communication technologies (ICTs). My dissertation examines the relationship between internet diffusion and cybersecurity, and international cooperation on cybersecurity issues. I explore these questions utilizing network and text analysis, with the first applications of internet topographical data in political science, and malware forensic data in the social sciences. Internet-driven interdependence creates security cooperation challenges for state and non-state actors alike. I demonstrate how development assistance shapes digital state institutions to increase their regulatory capacity while enforcing their bureaucratic autonomy and independence from military and political actors. My other projects examine political and psychological context of cyber attacks, deliberation in international technology forums, and social media engagement strategies during security crises.
Prior to beginning my doctorate, I was was a research associate for national security at the Council on Foreign Relations. I received my BA Summa Cum Laude with High Honors in International Relations from New York University and my AM in Government from Harvard University. While at Harvard I have worked with Alastair Iain Johnston on US-China cybersecurity issues and the implications of social media for international conflict, and with Stephen Ansolabehere as a research assistant for the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll. Additionally, I am an affiliate of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and the Research Cluster on International Security at the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.