Education

University of Notre Dame         South Bend, Indiana

Ph.D. Political Science and Peace Studies (expected 2019)
M.A. Political Science (2016)
Fields: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Peace Studies
Minor: Gender Studies
Dissertation Title: “We Will Marry When We Want: Evaluating Organizational Approaches to Ending Child Marriage in Malawi”
Committee: George Lopez (co-chair), Jaimie Bleck (co-chair), Susan St. Ville


University of Louisville               Louisville, Kentucky
M.A. Political Science, Graduate Dean’s Citation (2014)

Thesis: “Girls with Guns: The Disarmament and Demobilization of Female Ex-Combatants in Africa”, Access the thesis HERE
A qualitative case study of Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) processes in four modern African countries: Sierra Leone, Burundi, Liberia, and South Sudan. My research focuses on the experiences of female ex-combatants in disarmament and demobilization.
Committee: Jason Gainous-Political Science (Chair), Tricia Gray-Political Science, Nancy Nyquist Potter-Philosophy


University of Louisville                  Louisville, Kentucky
B.A. Political Science, summa cum laude (2011)
B.A. Philosophy, summa cum laude (2011)

Thesis: “The Unwelcome Mat: An Exploration of the Development of International Refugee Law and the ‘Refugee Problem’ in Contemporary Japan”
An analysis of both the advent of international refugee law and how refugee law is interpreted by various thrid country relocation sites, using Japan as an example. The majority of this research was conducted in 2009-2010 while I was an IIE-NSEP Boren Scholar at Kansai Gaidai University.
Committee: Julie Bunck-Political Science (Chair), Michael Fowler-Political Science


Kansai Gaidai University            Osaka, Japan
Diploma, Asian Studies (2010)

American Delegate to the 61st Japan-American Student Conference (JASC), this is the oldest bi-lateral student-run conference in the world. Spent four weeks touring Japan with a Japanese delegation discussing contemporary issues facing the U.S. and Japan, including politics, education, military support, and economics.


I received my M.A. in 2014. From top to bottom: Japan 2010, India 2008, Zambia 2014.

I received my M.A. in 2014, earning the Graduate Dean’s Citation. I studied abroad 5 times in 6 years. From top to bottom: Japan 2010, India 2008, Zambia 2014.

I earned my B.A. in 2011, graduating summa cum laude with honors in Political Science and Philosophy

I earned my B.A. in 2011, graduating summa cum laude, with honors in Political Science and Philosophy.

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