Welcome to my personal website. 

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University and a Pre-doctoral Fellow in the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the George Washington University. My research focuses on international security, comparative civil-military relations, and U.S. foreign policy. In this research, I explore the competing influences of norms and material interests on the behavior of state and non-state actors across peacetime and conflict environments.

My dissertation examines the effects of great power security assistance on civil-military relations in developing countries, with an empirical focus on sub-Saharan Africa. In other projects, I examine different tools of military statecraft and asymmetric bargaining between both state and non-state actors. My research uses mixed methods to address these topics, including in-depth semi-structured interviews, archival research, and survey experiments.


I hold an M.Phil. and M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in International Community Development from Oral Roberts University. Before graduate school, I worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as a program analyst.

Please contact me at rfm2144 (at) Columbia (dot) edu.