Welcome! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Cornell University’s Department of Government.
My research is animated by questions of international order, power politics and language. I approach this topic as a scholar of IR theory and international history with an area focus on China, Inner Asia and East Asia. My dissertation investigates how Tibet became part of the modern Chinese state and China came to control nearly all the territorial holdings of its imperial predecessors using fine-grained, multilingual, textual analysis of archival records collected during 15 months of fieldwork in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Republic of China (Taiwan), India and the UK.
I have conducted a wide range of archival and field research in the following locations: London, UK (January 2013, July-August 2015,) Taipei, Taiwan (September 2009-August 2010, November 2014-July 2015), Dharamsala, India (October 2014), Beijing, China (May-September 2014), Yunnan, China (May-August 2011, May-August 2012). I graduated summa cum laude from SUNY New Paltz in 2008 with a B.A. in International Relations with minors in Mathematics and Asian Studies.