Welcome to my personal website. 

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University. My research agenda focuses on the intersection between ideas and power, with an emphasis on international security cooperation and assistance. My dissertation explores the ways that great powers use security assistance as a tool to diffuse their preferred political values and norms in developing militaries. The findings suggest that socialization only succeeds under narrow circumstances, in part because security assistance builds up military capacity faster than it can inculcate norms of restraint.

In other projects, I examine different tools of military statecraft and asymmetric bargaining between both state and non-state actors. My research uses a diverse range of mixed methods, including in-depth semistructured interviews, archival research, quantitative surveys, 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.