I am a doctoral candidate in International Relations at American University, School of International Service. My research interests focus on peace and conflict issues in relation to South/Southeast Asia and Constructivist theories. Specifically, I research non-violent conflict (civil resistance), especially in relation to alternative forms of contention (violent and self-violent tactics) and conflict transformation. My research has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, and the Peace and Violence Lab at American University.
In terms of philosophy of science and research methodologies I am a pluralist and pursue multiple approaches. My background includes extensive training in quantitative methods, including advanced regression and maximum likelihood estimation through the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and a variety of qualitative approaches, including discourse analysis and process tracing through the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research. Before beginning a PhD program I spent five years teaching and researching in Indonesia through Mennonite Central Committee, a peace and development nonprofit.