Welcome. I am an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. I study political order and violence, armed politics, election violence, and democratization with an empirical focus in Sub-Saharan Africa. My book project, Gangs, Governors, and Godfathers: The Organization of Election Violence in Nigeria, reveals the conditions under which politicians and local associations organize and jointly produce election violence. In related work, I explore non-state welfare, armed group politics, 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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