About Me

I’m a Ph.D. candidate at in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. You can find more detail on other pages here, but in brief, my dissertation focuses on the origins of militarized disputes between the U.S. and Native nations. In particular, I examine the question of what gave settlers seemingly outsized influence in what was once considered a part of U.S. foreign policy–”Indian Affairs”. I have presented related work at multiple conferences, and I will present my latest work on the subject at the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting. You can find an abstract for my dissertation on “Publications and Works in Progress” page.

I took the photo above at the Shawnee Cultural Center in Miami, Oklahoma. Some of the Shawnees resisted U.S. expansion and ultimately fought the U.S. in the Northwest Indian War of 1790-1795, the first of three case studies in my dissertation. There are three federally recognized Shawnee tribes today–the Shawnee, the Absentee Shawnee, and the Eastern Shawnee–for which the U.S. government maintains trust lands in Oklahoma, far from the Ohio River Valley in which they once fought.