I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My parents decided to move to Israel when I was a young child and eventually chose to live in Kiryat Haim, a suburb of Haifa in the northern part of Israel which is where I spent the rest of my childhood. The intense focus of Israeli politics on issues of foreign policy of various kinds aroused my interest in International Relations and led me, after majoring in Political Science in my undergraduate (B.A.) degree (Summa Cum Laude), to decide to continue studying this topic.

I at first continued to a Master’s degree (academic) in the Political Science Department at the University of Haifa, Israel. My master (M.A.) thesis analyzed and discussed the early war proneness of North America and the subsequent transition from War to Peace in the 19th and early 20th century and what this can teach us about transitions to peace elsewhere.

Following this successful experience, I decided to continue to a Ph.D. I have recently  completed my Ph.D Dissertation (September 2014) at the University of California, Los Angeles on the causes and effects of  partisan  electoral interventions. I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Carnegie- Mellon University.