Research

My research focuses on the origins, manifestations, and consequences of political violence in early U.S. relations with Native nations. In so doing, I seek to contribute to ongoing debates in Security Studies, U.S. Foreign Policy, and International Relations Theory. My dissertation focused on the processes by which U.S. settlers instigated conflicts with Native nations, and I am working to turn that into a book. Each published or completed piece below includes a link to the latest draft.

Dissertation

  • The Frontiers of American Grand Strategy: Settlers, Elites, and the Standing Army in America’s Indian Wars (available here)

Publications

  • (with Tobias Lemke) “Doing Historical International Relations,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2022, introduction to a forum). [Preprint]
  • Pandemic Pedagogy: Teaching International Relations amid COVID-19 (2022, editor and contributor).
  • “Do Accidental Wars Happen? Evidence From America’s Indian Wars,” Journal of Global Security Studies 6, 4 (2021).
  • “Bringing (Inter)National History into ‘Introduction to International Relations’,” Learning and Teaching 14, 3 (2021): 91-104.
  • (with Matthew E. Carnes) “Assessing an Undergraduate Curriculum: The Evolving Roles of Subfields, Methods, Ethics, and Writing for Government Majors,” PS: Political Science and Politics 50, 1 (2018): 178-182.

Works under Review

  • “Foreign or Domestic? Securitization and the Bureaucratic Politics of Indian Affairs” (conditionally accepted; available here).
  • “Conceptualizing Early U.S. Grand Strategy” (revise-and-resubmit; available here)
  • “What’s at Stake in the Indigenous Empire Debate” (revise-and-resubmit; available here)

Working Papers

  • “Learning Counterinsurgency: America’s Indian Wars and the Occupation of the Philippines”
  • (with So Jin Lee) “Staff Rides as a Pedagogical Practice in Political Science Education”

Public-facing Publications

  • (with John Arquilla) “Accidents and Escalation in a Cyber Age,” War on the Rocks (December 22, 2021)
  • “Responding to Chinese ‘Whataboutism’: On Uyghur and Native Genocides,” The Diplomat (February 3, 2021).
  • Review of A Post-Exceptionalist Perspective on Early American History: American Wests, Global Wests, and Indian Wars by Carroll P. Kakel III, American Indian Quarterly (Summer 2020).
  • “Bringing Indigenous Experiences into International Relations,” The Duck of Minerva (September 12, 2019).
  • “Syria, Afghanistan, and the Lessons of the Indian Wars,” op-ed, Indian Country Today (February 11, 2019).
  • A full list of public-facing publications is available upon request.