A running joke (at my expense) in my family is that since college, I have become nerdier and nerdier. I'm lucky to have gotten to work with some really remarkable professors and academic mentors. Here are a few of my favorite projects.
The ones I'm proud of :)
THE END OF HISTORY? NOT QUITE.
The rise of populism all over the world have given us reason to doubt Francis Fukuyama’s optimistic prediction that liberal democracy is the ultimate political system to end political strife. In this paper, I argue that populism does indeed pose a grave threat to liberal democracy - but not for the reason you might think. Read more
VICTIMIZATION AND NATIONALISM IN THE U.S.-CHINA RELATIONSHIP
A paper that is close to my heart, a subject that I'll be working on for the next year. The entire world has a stake in the U.S.-China relationship. This paper outlines the victim narrative that the CCP has followed, before describing the ways in which that narrative has been reinforced during the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Read more
ISLAMOPHOBIA IN EUROPEAN POPULISM
In Sweden, Poland, and France to name just a few examples, populist leaders have made resentment of Muslims immigrants and citizens central to their policy incentives. In this paper, I examine the reasons for which European populists are so uniquely suited to gain from Islamophobic platforms. Read more
WAS HUNTINGTON RIGHT?
Samuel P. Huntington's seminal piece, Clash of Civilizations, however problematic it appears now, remains an essential piece to study for any political science student. In this paper, I argue that while Huntington’s central argument cannot explain civil conflicts emerge, it does explain why they continue. Read more
RUSSIAN NATIONALISM AFTER CRIMEA
Off the northeast coast of Japan there are four small islands. These are the Kuril Islands, and though easily overlooked on a map, they are the reason that over seven decades since the end of World War II have passed without a Russo-Japanese peace treaty. Read more
REVOLUTIONS AND ALLIANCES
Within international relations analysis, there is a growing body of literature that has shifted its focus onto regime-specific conditions and events that impact state behavior on the international stage. I examine the ways in which political revolutions affect alliance formation. Read more
An essay on Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I analyze the relationship the protagonist has with the men she meets, and with herself. Read more
SEASON OF MIGRATION TO THE NORTH
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih is one of my favorite books. I write about the narrator's psychological colonialism. Read more