About

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. My research focuses on the contestation of international orders, the politics of sovereignty, and social hierarchies in international politics, particularly in the areas of international security and political economy. My dissertation project examines clashes over social position and visions of international order in the post-Cold War period. It questions why international actors challenge or defend the legitimacy of existing international orders, and examines how political efforts by a variety of actors seeking to define their identities and place on the world stage affects the rules of the game in international politics.

My research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Sage Fellowship. In spring 2019 I was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. I have presented at major academic conferences including the International Studies Association, American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, and specialist conferences like the University of Calgary Centre for Military and Strategic Studies and the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. I graduated with a BA from the University of British Columbia and received my MA in political science from McGill University. During this time I was a graduate fellow at the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies. Before beginning my PhD, I worked at the Institute for Research on Public Policy where I contributed to research on a wide range of policy issues including sick leave and disability benefits, international trade policy, income inequality, and federalism in Canada.

To view my CV, click here. I can be contacted through email at dc824 [at] cornell.edu