I am a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. I recently completed a 2021-2022 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars (IAF-TIRS). During the year, I worked for the US State Department (NATO Desk), a Congresswoman and a Senator. My expertise is in transatlantic security, US foreign policy, national security and European security and defense, including NATO, the EU and OSCE. Other issue areas include international organizations, transatlantic security cooperation, collective defense, crisis management, military operations (e.g. Afghanistan), coalition warfare, Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, strategy, learning, adaptation, organizational change, gender and diplomacy.
I'm the single author of two books: NATO's Lessons in Crisis : Institutional Memory in International Organizations (Oxford UP, 2018) and Time to React : The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response (Oxford UP, 2014). My research appears in or is forthcoming in journals such as European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Politics, Review of International Organizations, European Security and Global Governance. I've also received more than $440,500 in research funds from agencies such as NSF, Fulbright and NATO (see below). Thus far, I've interviewed more than 250 high-level political and military officials for my research.