IMG_2371Welcome. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia.  I am also a Faculty Fellow with the Center for International Trade and Security.  I study political order and violence, armed groups, election violence, and civil war, with a focus in Sub-Saharan Africa.  My book project, Political Order and Election Violence in Nigeria: Governors, Godfathers, and Social Movements, studies the conditions under which subnational political elites recruit social movement leaders and their followers for election violence and voter mobilization.  In related work, I explore armed group politics, civil war onset, and community mobilization against election violence.

My research 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.

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