About Me

I am a political scientist who specializes in the study of International Relations (IR).  Since receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, I have been an Assistant Professor at the Jindal School of International Affairs at O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat, Haryana, India.

The common theme that unites my varied research interests is understanding how powerful actors in global politics attempt to coerce weaker ones by means that stop short of outright violence.  Stated more simply, how do powerful actors get others to do what they want without going to war?  And how can the less powerful resist?

My research touches upon a number of subfields in political science, including development studies, comparative regionalism, international organizations, diplomatic studies, feminist IR, and post-colonial IR.  I have regional expertise in the politics of the European Union, East Africa, and the United States.  Methodologically, I am a pluralist, employing a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods in my work, including archival research, participant-observation, computer-assisted discourse analysis, and online surveys.

I am Hungarian by origin, French by birth, American by education, and also spent formative years in Cambodia and Tanzania.  I received my B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2006, my M.A. from King’s College London in 2007, and my Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2016 for a dissertation titled Taking Orders from Brussels?  External Actors and Regional Organizations in the Developing World.

In addition to research and teaching, I enjoy tennis, hiking, chess, and computer games.