Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2006
Academic Appointment
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Rice University, July 2009 -
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, August 2005 - May 2009
Research Interests
International Institutions
International Conflict
Formal Modeling

Current research focuses on how international institutions influence state behavior using both game-theoretic modeling and empirical analysis. 
Awards and Fellowships
National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University,  2012-2013.

           Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), 
           Stanford University,  2012-2013.

Princeton Center for Globalization and Governance Fellowship, 2007-2008
Theories of International Political Economy and China Conference
University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, Fall 2007 (declined)
University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid 2006-2008
W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy Fellowship, 2004 - 2005
EITM Best Poster Award, MPSA, 2004 (with Kristopher W. Ramsay)
University of Rochester Fellowship, 2000 - 2004
The Informational Role International Institutions and Domestic Politics                                     American Journal of Political Science 52 (2) Pp. 304–321, 2008
Outside Options and Burden Sharing in Nonbinding Alliances (with Kristopher W. Ramsay)       Political Research Quarterly 63 (2) Pp. 188–202, 2010
 The Strategic Use of International Institutions in Dispute Settlement   (Online Appendix)            Quarterly Journal of Political Science 5(2) Pp. 107–131, 2010         
International Institutions and Credible Commitment of Non-democracies   (with Erica Owen)               Review of International Organizations 6:141-162, 2011
International Organizations as Policy Advisors (with Randy Stone)                                            International Organization 66(4) Pp.537-569 , 2012   
To Concede or To Resist: The Restraining Effect of Military Alliances  (with Johnson and Leeds)    International Organization  Forthcoming    
Compromised Peacebuilding  (Online Appendix) (with Michael Barnett and Christoph Zurcher)      International Studies Quarterly  Forthcoming            
New Alignments?                                                                                                                                  The Geopolitics of Gas and Oil Cartels and Changing Middle East (with Amy Jaffe and Ted Temz)                                                      Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy Forthcoming                                   
Institutional Opposition, Regime Accountability, and International Conflict (with Daina Chiba)                    Journal of Politics   Forthcoming
Under Review/Working Papers
Mixed Signals: Crisis Lending and Capital Markets                                                                             (with Terry Chapman, Xin Li, and Randy Stone)                                                                                            
Will of Minority: Rule of Four on United States Supreme Court        
                                                 (with Tim Johnson and Jason Roberts)
Seminar Presentations
2010 University of Pittsburgh, Rice University Economics, University of Rochester, 
                    UC-Berkeley (EITM), University of Notre Dame 
2008 Rice University, UC-Davis, Princeton University 
2007 Princeton University, Rice University
2006 University of Wisconsin-Madison
2004 California Institute of Technology, UNC - Chapel Hill, Texas A&M -College Station, 
                    University of Minnesota 

Publications in Chinese
Market Economy and Government Intervention. The Commercial Press (商务印书馆), Beijing China 1998 (Co-authored).
Modern Business Cycle Theory (Edited by Robert Barro, Harvard Press 1989). The Commercial Press (商务印书馆), Beijing China 1997.
Association Memberships
American Political Science Association , 2000 - Present
Midwest Political Science Association , 2002 - Present
International Studies Association , 2002 - Present
Peace Science Society , 2003 - Present