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I research and write about politics. My research agenda largely concerns the effects of foreign involvement on domestic political activism, and in particular how this intersects with identity politics.
I am a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I write reportage and commentary on politics and media, and I write creative non-fiction about identity politics and legacies of violence.
I am working on two academic book projects. My dissertation project, Not Pancasila: A Study of Women’s and LGBT Activism in Indonesia studies the effects of Australian and US aid and ideological frames on women’s rights and LGBTQ rights activists’ behavior in Indonesia.
My second book project, Diaspora Diplomacy: Indian Statecraft in the United States., is an adaptation and extension of two long-form (>10,000 word) reported pieces I wrote for The Caravan.
I am grateful for the support of the National Science Foundation, the Luce Foundation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta.
This is a brief, non-exhaustive list of my reportage and commentary in roughly chronological order. You can read more about my writing here.
I’ve been interviewed by Asia Art Tours.
I am working on an essay collection about the relationship between social identity and violence. This is a brief, non-exhaustive list of my creative nonfiction in roughly chronological order. You can read more about my writing here.
I am an advocate of pluralism. Though I have studied as a Bayesian statistician and a formal theorist, I strongly believe the best quantitative work is grounded in extensive qualitative research and historical understanding.
As a computational social scientist, I have scraped original corpora and conducted text-based analysis. These corpora include Indonesian-language news articles addressing a specific bill and English-language records from asylum court proceedings.
As a formal theorist, I am interested in stochastic games of imperfect information: how uncertain future states govern people’s decisions in the present. I use formal models because economics remains the dominant language of public policy, and I appreciate that formal modeling takes seriously the idea of agency under constraint. I think arcane mathematical abstraction detracts from research, and when possible I opt for simple models that reinforce intuitions.
And as a qualitative scholar, I ground all of my research in knowledge of a specific case. I liken this to the value of a narrative to ground reportage.
I started UW-Madison’s Qualitative Methods Working Group (QMWG) to provide a institutional workshop for rigorous discussion of qualitative methods.
I read creative nonfiction submissions for The Rumpus.
I was born in central Pennsylvania and grew up in Syracuse, NY and Elmira, NY. One Twitter user affectionately(?) referred to it as “the worst swath of the northeastern Rustbelt,” and I’d have to agree.
I studied mathematics at Williams College. At different points in life, I’ve worked for a industrial laboratory, a telecommunications company, a library, a consulting agency, a lobbying firm, and two universities.
I identify as bisexual and disabled. I have chronic back, neck, hand, and knee pain due to (at least one) herniated spinal disc, a severe RSI, and overpronation.
I am a FOSS (free open-source software) and data privacy supporter. I run Linux Mint, play in the command line, and am about to migrate to ProtonMail.
PhD in Political Science, 2023 (anticipated)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA in Political Science, 2018
University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA in Mathematics, 2015