I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Stanford University, specializing in international relations. My primary research examines why states fight over the leadership and institutions of other countries, and my book-style dissertation project explores the role of political ideology in shaping both how leaders perceive threats from other states and their willingness to resort to subversion. In other research, I leverage advances in political methodology to shed new light on enduring questions in international politics, with a particular emphasis on experimental tests of formal models and the use of machine learning techniques to process and analyze political texts. My work has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Politics and International Studies Perspectives

For the 2019-20 academic year, I am a pre-doctoral research fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Previously, I was a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow at Stanford University -- one of the University's highest distinctions awarded to doctoral students for outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching, and academic leadership. 

As an instructor, I strive to inspire in my students the same curiosity and passion for international relations that drives my research. I have served as a teaching assistant for eight classes at Stanford University, including introductory courses, advanced electives, and honors colloquia. I have also led teaching workshops for the political science department and served as a teaching assistant mentor with the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL). In 2018, I was awarded the Centennial Teaching Award in recognition for my work in undergraduate education. You can learn more about my teaching and research, including my lesson plans from past courses and abstracts for ongoing projects, by clicking on the tabs in the menu.

As a first-generation college student, I have benefited greatly from the help of mentors, colleagues, and other members of my community. I strongly believe in paying it forward. If you have questions about pursuing your interests in international relations or political science more broadly, please feel free to reach out. 

Email: lhundley@stanford.edu

Mail: 79 John F. Kennedy Street, 

          Mailbox 134

          Cambridge, MA 02138