I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, where I study International Relations, with specific emphases on grand strategy, American foreign policy, and American military base politics.
My dissertation analyzes the distribution of American military forces overseas. Previous research hypothesized that American forces are based due to "demand" in those regions, such as alliance commitments, support of friendly regimes, and acute security crises. I add to these findings by keeping in mind that all politics are local, and I show that the partisan composition of Congress and the Presidency determine whether the American military presence overseas expands or contracts.
I follow up on my dissertation work in papers examining the effects of military bases on host regime type, propensity for conflict, economic development, and public opinion of the United States. I organized a research team that has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Defense's Minerva Initiative.
I am also a graduate fellow of the Clements Center for National Security, an Aiddata Center for Development Policy Fellow, and a researcher at the Innovations for Peace and Development lab as part of a project for the Department of Defense Minerva Initiative.
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Email: stravers (at) utexas.edu