I am a historian of U.S. foreign relations and the Cold War. My book, Dreams for a Decade: International Nuclear Abolitionism and the End of the Cold War, examines nuclear abolitionists’ influence on the trajectory of the Cold War’s last decade. Interweaving the efforts of grassroots anti-nuclear activists and government officials committed to nuclear disarmament, this book reveals that nuclear abolitionism played a significant yet unappreciated role in ending the Cold War. My current research focuses on the pursuit of a “new world order” in the early post-Cold War era.
Ph.D., History, University of Virginia, 2017
M.A., History, University of Virginia, 2012
B.A., History and Political Science, Vanderbilt University, 2010
Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University, 2019-
Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, 2018-2019
U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Postdoctoral Fellow, Dickey Center, Dartmouth College, 2017-2018
Dreams for a Decade: Nuclear Abolitionism and the End of the Cold War (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023).
“The Making of an Accidental Crisis: The United States and the NATO Dual-Track Decision of 1979,” Diplomacy and Statecraft 25, no. 2 (June 2014): 331-355.
“Ronald Reagan and the Nuclear Freeze Movement,” in The Reagan Moment: America and the World in the 1980s, eds. Jonathan Hunt and Simon Miles (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2021): 144-161.
“The Reagan Moment: America and the World in the 1980s” Roundtable. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) 2022 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. June 16-18, 2022.
“Was there a Reagan Revolution in U.S. Foreign Policy?” Roundtable. International Studies Association (ISA) 2022 Virtual Annual Convention. March 28-April 2, 2022.
“The Trials of Coordination: The U.S. Nuclear Freeze Movement, European Nuclear Disarmament, and the Struggle to Transcend the Arms Race.” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. June 17-20, 2021.
“The Anatomy of Influence: East European Dissidents and the Transformation of European Anti-Nuclear Activism in the 1980s.” “Global Histories of Anti-Nuclear and Peace Activism in the Late Cold War” conference, hosted online by the London School of Economics and Political Science. March 25-26, 2021.
“‘A Great Step into the Future’: The United States, Russia, and the INF Treaty.” Applied History Network Meeting, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. May 2-4, 2019.
Selected Fellowships and Awards:
• Ernest May Fellowship in History and Policy, Belfer Center, Harvard University (2018-2019)
• U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dickey Center, Dartmouth College (2017-2018)
• Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2016-2017)
• University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Foreign Study Fellowship (2015)
• Dumas Malone Graduate Research Fellowship, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation (2014-2015)
• Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant, University of Virginia (2014-2015)
• Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Research Award, University of Virginia (2014)
• Phi Beta Kappa (2010)
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations International Studies Association