IMG_2371Welcome.  I am an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia where I am also a Faculty Fellow with the Center for International Trade and Security and a Faculty Affiliate of the African Studies Institute. During the 2021-22 academic year, I am Research Fellow with the International Security Program  at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

I study political order and violence with a focus in Sub-Saharan Africa.  My book project, Political Order and the Joint Organization of Election Violence in Nigeria, studies the conditions under which subnational political elites and nonstate actors jointly organize pre-election violence.  In related work, I explore armed group politics, nonstate welfare, and community mobilization against different forms of election violence.

My research has been published in World DevelopmentInternational 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.

For more information, please click on the links above. To get in touch with me, please email me at: megan_turnbull@hks.harvard.edu.