I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in Political Science, specializing in International Relations with a secondary concentration in American Politics.
My research focuses on international organizations and climate politics. I examine several key questions: by what strategies do states seek to advance their foreign policy goals through international organizations? Who controls the agendas of international organizations, and how? What are the pathways through which policies to address climate change can be adopted at the international, national, and local levels? To address these questions, I employ a diverse methodological toolkit, including text analysis, survey and conjoint experiments, statistical methods, elite interviews, and laboratory experiments.
My dissertation explores the puzzle of how small and medium states “punch above their weight” in international organizations like the UN. I propose that by pursuing strategies early in the policymaking process — like agenda setting — and by investing in diplomatic capital, these states can find success in multilateral diplomacy. I deploy time series data analysis on a new data set of agenda proposals and ambassadorial tenure, completemented with interviews of diplomatic staffs and a laboratory experiment simulating a diplomatic negotiation.
My research is published in the Journal of Politics and International Studies Quarterly. I have received generous research support from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, the Social and Behavioral Science Initiative, and the Social and Cultural Evolution Working Group, among others. You can also find my commentary in the Washington Post.
Before coming to Penn, I worked in the private sector as a market research consultant, taught English in Malaysia as a Fulbright ETA, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Columbia University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Rutgers University. I enjoy baking, podcasts, and baseball, and will be running my first marathon this fall.
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