I am a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in International History at Harvard University studying U.S. imperialism and military policy as well as the history of asymmetric warfare in the Global South. My dissertation tracks the adoption and adaptation of Second Industrial Revolution technologies by "semi-peripheral" navies in the nineteenth century. I hold an MA in history from Harvard University (2016) and a BA in history from Grinnell College (2009). I have also studied at Heilongjiang University (2008) and Beijing Language and Culture University (2015, 2016). Between 2009 and 2014, I held various positions in the United States Navy and Department of Defense in East Asia, Oceania and Central Asia.