As a researcher, I classify myself first and foremost as a specialist in East Asia, with a particular focus on Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and the Philippines. Substantively, I specialize in both comparative politics and international relations:

I am interested in the ways that people influence politics and policy outside of “traditional” political institutions. As such, much of my research addresses civil society behavior and development and contentious politics, including social movements and terrorism. Additionally, I explore government repression of protest events.

  • My dissertation addresses the role of framing and frame resonance in mobilizing opposition to the US’ overseas military presence.

My key areas of interest in international relations are region-building and uses of soft power.

Methodologically, I consider myself to be a mixed-methods researcher as my research incorporates quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs, although I lean towards qualitative research. I specialize in spatial analysis and have several working papers which incorporate spatial analytical techniques and build on the current literature.

I am interested in pedagogy and making political science more accessible to students through the use of games and simulations.