Erik Underwood is currently pursuing his PhD in Political Science at McGill University under the supervision of Professor T.V. Paul. He is also a Joseph Armand Bombardier SSHRC recipient. Previously, he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Toronto, where he specialized in Political Science. His research interests include status, nationalism, balance of power theory, rising powers and international history. His dissertation is on the subject of status seeking, and how nationalism and international status interact to affect state behavior.