Skip to content

Global Governance • Global Health • Philanthropy

Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in Global Studies at Bentley University. My mixed methods research focuses on global governance, international organizations, global health, and philanthropy. My first book project examines how private foundations influence policy processes related to global outbreak preparedness and response. A second book project currently under contract with Cambridge University Press examines the institutional design and implementation of COVAX – the multilateral initiative designed to pursue vaccine equity during the COVID-19 pandemic – using lenses of international relations theory to understand how and why it fell short. Other research areas include U.S. foreign policy, humanitarian response, and environmental governance. My scholarship and commentary on these topics has appeared in outlets including International Studies Review, International Studies Perspectives, BMJ Global Health, Global Health Governance, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, and CNN International, among others. Learn more about my research, publications, and public scholarship.

Beyond research, I have taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate levels at three universities – Bentley, Northeastern, and Harvard – on topics related to international relations, public policy, global health, and research methods. Engaging students in my research is a core tenet of my teaching philosophy, and I truly enjoy creating learning experiences that transcend the classroom. Read more about my teaching portfolio.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Northeastern University and my Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. I previously held academic affiliations as a Research Fellow at the Pandemics and Borders Project and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Research Associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), and Visiting Researcher at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Prior to my academic career, I worked as an editor for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, held research positions in international security and public health, and managed curriculum development for online courses in public policy and public health at Harvard University.