My central research interests lie in negotiation and conflict resolution. I am constantly thinking about why and how humans and social processes can obstruct problem solving efforts, and what we need to do to improve these efforts to collectively solve the issues we as an interconnected global community face today. For me, some of the most important issues include global poverty, climate change & sustainability, conflicts & security, and diversity (or lack thereof). I am particularly interested in how development aid can be used as a tool to address these issues. My efforts to conduct qualitative research on how these themes apply to the context of international development have led me to conduct studies in conflict resolution, evaluation theory and methodology, linguistics (socio-linguistics and cognitive linguistics), communication studies, and discourse analysis (among others).