I am an Associate Professor of International Relations at American University’s School of International Service. I am also a Research Fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and a Co-Director of Bridging the Gap. Outside academia, I have worked on human rights issues in the U.S. House of Representatives, been a foreign policy speechwriter, and served as a national security adviser to Barack Obama's first presidential campaign.
My research examines the politics, processes, and institutions of U.S. foreign and national security policy. My publications include three books: Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations, Sixth Edition (co-edited with James A. Thurber); Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises; and A Creative Tension: The Foreign Policy Roles of the President and Congress (co-authored with Lee H. Hamilton). I have also authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, policy reports, and articles in major newspapers and policy magazines.
I am currently working on a book entitled Bipartisanship in a Polarized Age: When Democrats and Republicans Cooperate on U.S. Foreign Policy, as well as articles about congressional action on economic sanctions, the politics of international affairs spending, and elite misperceptions of the public's foreign-policy attitudes.
My work has been supported by the American Political Science Association, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Frankel Foundation, IBM Center for the Business of Government, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and Woodrow Wilson Center. I have also been selected as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project.
I received a B.A. from Williams College, and received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.
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