Kimberly is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame, and a graduate student affiliate at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC). She joined the Department after receiving her BA (Hons) in Political Science, which is jointly endorsed by the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the National University of Singapore.

Her dissertation focuses on violence and democracy. Specifically, she studies the relationships between post-conflict peacebuilding efforts (elections and constitution-writing) and violence, and the ways to account for the level of (non)violence in democracy measures.

Outside of her dissertation, she writes on topics related to nuclear strategies; international crises and negotiations; and non-great power foreign policies. She has published in the European Journal of International Security and is currently working on papers related to climate change, tactical nuclear weapons, and foreign policies in East Asia.

Thematic Interests

My research interests broadly include conflict prevention and resolution; more specifically, crisis de-escalation, and post-conflict reconstruction. Put another way, I am passionate about understanding how to prevent wars from happening. Where wars have taken place, I seek then to find out how lives can be improved so that those living in warring or post-war countries can move on from the memory and experience of violence.


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