Welcome. I am an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of International Affairs and a Faculty Fellow with the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia. I study political order and violence, specifically, armed groups, non-state welfare, election violence, protest, and civil war, with a focus in Sub-Saharan Africa. My book project, Political Order and The Organization of Election Violence in Nigeria, studies the conditions under which subnational political elites and non-state actors jointly organize and carry out pre-election violence and mobilize voters. In related work, I explore armed group politics, civil war onset, and public opinion on and community mobilization against various forms of election violence.
My research is published or forthcoming in International Security and Political Science Quarterly, and has been generously supported by the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University in 2017 and am an alumna of the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Development where I was a National Science Foundation-IGERT Doctoral Fellow.
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