I am an associate professor of political science at the University at Albany, State University of New York. My research focuses on interstate rivalries, nuclear proliferation, U.S. defense policy, and the politics of South Asia. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, predoctoral fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, a Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C., and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in India. I also served as country director for South Asian affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (2006–2009), a research associate at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. (2003–2005), and a research assistant at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. (2001–2003). I received a PhD in Political Science from MIT, an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a BA in History and International Studies from Wichita State University.