Rachel Tecott is a PhD student in Security Studies and International Relations. Her research interests include U.S. foreign policy, dispute escalation, and the role of cognitive biases, norms, and bureaucratic politics in shaping state decision-making. She holds a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Before coming to MIT, Rachel was an Associate at political risk consulting firm Veracity Worldwide in New York, NY.