lassiI am currently a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Center on the Future of War in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. I receive my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois. I previously received my M.A. from Oklahoma State University in 2012 and my B.S. from Luleå University of Technology in 2010.

My dissertation examines the relationship between democratic transitions and violent conflict. I incorporate insights from the issue literature in and argue that democratic transitions heighten the risk of war in specific contexts. Specifically, processes of democratization can heighten the risk of war in situations where territory is a salient issue. My research speaks to both the literature on democratization and war as well as the growing research program on territorial issues in international relations. More broadly, my areas of study include international conflict, international trade, and terrorism.

I have taught classes in the fields of international relations, general political science, American government, and global studies at three different universities for both undergraduates and graduate students. More information and course materials may be found under the teaching page.