I am an assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where my research addresses critical questions at the intersection of interstate conflict, great power relations, and the challenges of rising powers – with a focus on China and East Asian security. Specifically, I look at how perceptions of power impact the process and precursors to conflict, such as military competition and coercion. I am also a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where I am working on a book about China's challenge to U.S. primacy. I also continue to serve as an officer in the United States Air Force Reserve. I am the author of many publications, including The Costs of Conversation: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime (Cornell University Press 2019). I have a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.