Jordan Roberts is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Duke University, and plans to graduate in Spring 2020. His research and teaching focus primarily on Security, Peace, and Conflict, as well as International Relations more broadly. Outside of Duke, he has previously been a visiting researcher at the University of Konstanz (2016), a visiting instructor at Humboldt University (2018), and is currently a pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation research focuses on determinants of American covert action during the Cold War. This project creates a model to explain when and where the United States employed covert action using novel covert action data, as well as novel data on the presence of viable alternative governments the U.S. could empower in target states. Apart from his dissertation research, he has many research articles published, forthcoming, or under review. Additionally, Jordan is a dedicated educator. His role as a teacher of political science and international relations is primarily about inspiring students to develop a disposition towards being active and engaged participants in political life, as well as more informed and critical consumers of information about major events that occur in across the globe.