My research uses early U.S. relations with Native nations to speak to ongoing debates in Security Studies and International Relations Theory. I am especially interested in the origins of political violence and the ways settler states interact with Native polities. Having defended my dissertation, which focuses on the processes by which U.S. settlers instigated conflicts with Native nations, I am working to turn that into a book in the near future. I am also working on projects that consider how the U.S. military learned from such conflicts and how policy-makers have varied in their conceptions and portrayals of Native polities over time.


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


  • “Do Accidental Wars Happen? Evidence From America’s Indian Wars,” Journal of Global Security Studies (forthcoming).
  • Pandemic Pedagogy: Teaching International Relations amid COVID-19 (editor and contributor, forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan).
  • “Bringing (Inter)National History into ‘Introduction to International Relations’,” Learning and Teaching (forthcoming).
  • (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

  • “The Frontiers of U.S. Grand Strategy: Territorial Expansion in Principle and Practice″ (under review; available here).
  • “Foreign or Domestic? Securitization and the Bureaucratic Politics of Indian Affairs” (part of a special issue on Indigenous politics, under review; available here).
  • (with Tobias Lemke) “Doing Historical International Relations” (introduction to a forum, conditionally accepted; available here).

Works in Progress

  • “Learning Counterinsurgency: U.S. Army Officers in the the Indian Wars and the Philippine-American War”
  • “What’s at Stake in the Indigenous Empire Debate”

Other Publications

  • “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  44, 3 (2020).
  • Review of Only the Dead: The Persistence of War in the Modern Age by Bear F. Braumoeller, Law and Liberty Online (March 19, 2020).
  • “Bringing Indigenous Experiences into International Relations,” guest blog post, The Duck of Minerva (September 12, 2019).
  • Review of Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security by Michael C. Desch, The Online Library of Law and Liberty (June 24, 2019).
  • “Syria, Afghanistan, and the Lessons of the Indian Wars,” op-ed, Indian Country Today (February 11, 2019).
  • See my CV for a full list of other publications.