Welcome! I am Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Humanitarian Assistance Initiative at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University.

In 2019-2020 I was a Senior Research Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Between 2011-2018, I was an Assistant, then Associate (with tenure) Professor of Political Science at Arcadia University where I taught courses in both the undergraduate program in Political Science and in the graduate (M.A.) program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR). I also served as the Assistant Director of the IPCR program from 2011-2013.

I am interested in understanding the nature of global order and how it is organized. My research on the governance and coordination of global humanitarian and health assistance focuses on collective accountability standard-setting, and the coordination of emergency response. Drawing on the concept of communities of practice, I show how metagovernance norms, metagoverning, and reflective practices produce coordination and collective action in the humanitarian sector via collective standard-setting initiatives. This research has appeared or is forthcoming in Review of International StudiesInternational Studies Review, and several book chapters.

In a related area of research, I investigate the coordination and governance of global pandemic response with empirical focus on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the COVID-19 pandemic. This research has appeared in Global Health Governance, PS: Political Science and Politics, and in The Monkey Cage.

Together with Sigrid Quack, a second project investigates NGO-NGO interactions. We propose a typology of NGO-NGO interactions ranging from conflict to coopetition to collaboration and investigate when and why these interactions occur. Our objective is to advance the literature on inter-NGO interactions beyond the competition and cooperation binary and enable understanding of the conditions under which varied interactions occur.

I am committed to bridging the gap between the policy world and academia through research, teaching and practice. My research on policy-relevant pedagogy investigates how to better engage the public; how to teach global policy-making, which requires an expanded view of who governs and how governance occurs in the global realm; and how to design, implement and monitor service-learning courses. This research appears in a co-edited symposium in PS: Political Science and Politics, a co-authored article in Journal of Public Administration Education, and a book chapter.

I currently serve on the editorial boards of PS:Political Science and Politics and Global Studies Quarterly, and was formerly a guest blogger at the international relations blog, The Duck of Minerva, find my blog posts here.

I teach graduate courses on humanitarianism, global public health, and global governance in the International Development Studies program at the George Washington University.

I earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a M.A. in International Relations from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris-Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), and a Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University.