I am an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. I study political order, violence, armed politics, and democratization with an empirical focus in sub-Saharan Africa. My book project, How Democracy Shapes State-Building: Elections and Government-Armed Group Relations in Africa, examines how the demands of multi-party competition shape the state’s control over violence. In related work, I explore electoral violence, non-state welfare, political participation, and the political economy of development.
My research has been published in Political Science Quarterly and generously supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University in 2017.
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