I am a PhD Candidate at the University Buffalo SUNY where I study International Politics, Political Methodology, and Comparative Politics. I earned a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University in International and Environmental Law and Politics in 2011. I also earned a Master of Arts in Political Science at Ball State University in 2012. My research involves the political economy of development and international financial institutions, democratization in developing states, and interstate socialization. I am also quite interested in conflict resolution and peacekeeping, international environmental agreements, and public international law. I am writing my dissertation on World Bank funding policies and the compliance of recipient states.