Welcome to my website. I am a Visiting Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame; I am also finishing up my PhD in political science at the University of Rochester. Prior to that, I was a graduate student at Michigan State, and my undergraduate degree is from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I am interested in many questions about international relations and utilize a number of tools to try to answer them. In my dissertation, I develop theoretical and empirical models relating trade and war. In particular, I develop a new, competitive model of war that provides a theory of value for states under anarchy. Other interests include the study of international causes and consequences of civil wars, military effectiveness, and various technical pursuits.