I am an historian who specializes in U.S. foreign relations, with a general focus on the formulation of foreign policy and the exercise of American power in the world. My research interests also include presidential power and the relationship between domestic politics and foreign affairs. I am chiefly concerned with diplomacy, law, statecraft, and strategy.
My current project is on the Iran-Contra Affair. I examine why Iran-Contra resulted from Ronald Reagan's statecraft and how it affected American constitutional and political order. I address the policies and constitutional controversies animating the affair while exploring the domestic and international consequences.
I am the founder and lead-organizer of the Berkeley Working Group on Strategy and Statecraft. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- American Foreign Policy
- The Cold War
- International Relations
Awards & Fellowships
Congressional Research Grant, The Everett M. Dirksen Congressional Center
Selected Participant, Summer Seminar in Statecraft and History, William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security, UT-Austin
Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Peter and Edith O'Donnell Grant, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service
Tisch Library Research Fellowship in the Humanities and the Arts
Department of History Research Award, Tufts University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Research Award, Tufts University
Publications & Presentations
“A Reagan Revolution: The Iran-Contra Affair and American Statecraft, 1981-1993,” LSE International History Research Seminar (HY509), London School of Economics, 2018.
"Piercing the Teflon-Presidency: The Iran-Contra Affair and Presidential Power," PCB-AHA Annual Meeting, 2018
"The Most Important Place in the World": Central America during the Reagan Era, SHAFR Annual Meeting, 2018
"The Risky Business of Rollback: Anti-Communist Americans, the Contra War, and the Reagan Doctrine," SHAFR Annual Meeting, 2017
"The Risky Business of Rollback: Anti-Communist Americans, the Contra War, and the Reagan Doctrine," WSSA Annual Meeting, 2017
The Iran-Contra Affair and the Cold War: A "Neat Idea" and the Reagan Doctrine (2016)
"The Ills of Democracy: The Ronald Reagan Administration and Chile's Transition to Democracy," NECLAS Annual Meeting, 2015