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 Armed Groups in Africa, examines how the demands of multi-party competition shape the state’s control over violence by studying different government strategies toward armed groups. In related work, I explore electoral violence, non-state welfare, political participation, and the political economy of development.
My research is forthcoming in Political Science Quarterly and has been 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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