Fields of Study: International Relations, Comparative Politics
Areas of Interest: International relations theory, security studies, political economy, religion and politics
Alec specializes in international relations and comparative politics, with research interests in international relations theory, security, political economy, religion and politics, and nationalism/identity. He is a graduate fellow with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and a graduate affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
For his dissertation, Alec plans to look at international political economy institutions and relations from a realist perspective, particularly analyzing how security concerns and relative gains logic apply in these situations. Beyond his dissertation, Alec is currently researching religion and politics from a number of different perspectives, including the impact of economic shocks on state secularity and religion as a source unit cohesion.
Prior to his studies at Notre Dame, Alec received an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in International Studies and History from Centre College. He has formerly worked as a research intern for the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political Military Analysis and as an intelligence analyst for the Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations agency.