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I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. I hold MA degrees in Political Science (UCSD, 2021) and in Governance, Diplomacy and Conflict Studies (Reichman University, 2019). My research focuses on international security, political violence, and the strategic interactions between armed nonstate actors and the state. My dissertation examines why and how some states and armed rebel organizations can coexist while others cannot. 


I am a 2023-2024 Hans J. Morgenthau Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame (non-residential). I also am alumna of the joint Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations (SWAMOS) and the inaugural Peace Science Rising Scholars Workshop. My research has been supported by the UCSD Yankelovich Center and the Institute for Humane Studies.

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