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PhD Candidate (ABD) in Political Science: Indiana University, August 2013-Present (Dissertation Defense: January 2019)
M.A. Asia Pacific Policy Studies: University of British Columbia, 2012.
B.A. with Honors, International Relations, minor in Gender Studies: University of Southern California, 2011
Areas of Interest
Territorial Autonomy and Ethno-Federalism
Comparative studies of various forms of minority/regional autonomy. My dissertation explores the potential and limitations of territorial autonomy/ethno-federalism as a conflict resolution in Northeast India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, paying specific attention to the Kuki-Chin-Mizo-Zo(mi) speaking peoples.
Research for this project included 7 months of fieldwork in India (Mizoram, Assam, and Manipur) and Myanmar (Chin State, Sagaing Region, and Kachin State). Research was supported by Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2016/2017. Another two months were spent in Dhaka and Sylhet, Bangladesh
Over 16 months of field research in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Experienced in Mongolian policy analysis, domestic and foreign policy.
Small State Foreign Policy and Security
Beyond Mongolia, I am knowledgeable on the foreign policies of many Asian states and regions. Particularly interested in how small states balance the influence of larger powers to meet their own goals. Particular emphasis on Southeast and South Asian states, with secondary interest in Central Asia.
Comparative Historical Analysis
Geospatial Analysis (in QGIS)