I am currently a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at
the University of York.
From 2012 to 2014 I worked first as the Research
Coordinator, then as the Research Director, for the Project on Violent Conflict
at the University at Albany (SUNY). I managed student researchers involved in several
data collection initiatives related to terrorism and political violence, such
as Minorities at Risk Organizational Behavior (MAROB) and Big Allied and
From 2014 to December 2016 I was at the University of Leeds doing research on the militarization of video games and social media as part of the Militarization 2.0 project. The goal of our work was to analyze how private military contractors, arms producers, and entertainment companies use social media to produce narratives about the military and war.
I received my B.A. in Philosophy (with honors) and Political Science from Rutgers University in 2005. In 2013 I earned my Ph.D. from the University at Albany, SUNY, where I wrote my dissertation on how soldiers make ethical decisions in counter-insurgency operations and passed examinations in Political Theory and Comparative Politics.
My main area of research is security studies. I am particularly interested in new military technologies, militaristic narratives in video games and social media, just war theory, the ethics of political violence, and the protection of civilians during violent conflicts.
I am currently working on two projects. The first is a study of how democratic accountability is affected by new forms of covert warfare involving drones, cyberweapons, private military contractors, and remote weapons. I am interested in how shifts in the conduct of war influence responsibility attributions and what moral implications these changes have. The second is research on military popular culture, which looks at how armed forces and civilian media producers use media for strategic communication. My goal is to show the extent to which military power depends on efforts to influence perceptions.
I am always interested in hearing from people who have read my work or who share similar interests. Please feel free to contact me: