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In 2010, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in history and Spanish and a minor in music. That fall, I obtained a Regents Fellowship to begin the University of California- San Diego (UCSD)’s graduate program in modern European history under the direction of Pamela Radcliff. In 2013, I advanced to candidacy with minor fields in early modern Europe and political violence and social theory. During the 2013-14 academic year I conducted the research for my dissertation in Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright Fellow. In 2017, I completed my dissertation under a Harry F. Guggenheim Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

My research concerns how the cultures of military institutions in Europe helped to influence the course of the continent’s violent conflicts from 1914-1945 and contributed to the fall of interwar democratic regimes. My work demonstrates that ideas developed by scholars of Nazi Germany on how the culture of a military organization can shape its actions in wartime can also have explanatory power when extended to military police forces and other countries like France and Spain. In so doing, my work establishes continuities between nineteenth-century liberal notions of professionalism, imperialism, and public order and the brutal practices of Europe’s militarized institutions in the first half of the twentieth century.

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