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 in May 2016, I have been an Assistant Professor at the Jindal School of International Affairs at O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat, Haryana, India.

At the broadest level, I am interested in where our conceptions of global politics come from.  How do East African bureaucrats come to perceive their region in a given way?  How do U.S. diplomats learn about the countries they get posted to?  How do Indian defense officials learn to interpret the diplomatic signals that other countries send them?  How do players of computer games internalize the games’ assumptions about the prevalence of conflict and cooperation in the world?  How did you come to hold the ideas about global politics that you do?

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.  I employ a range of different methodologies 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.