I am a Visiting Scholar at the Orfalea Center Global Security Research Hub at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Beginning Fall 2019, I will be an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.
My research focuses on the how states and international organizations peacebuild after intrastate conflicts, particularly in Mali, where I've conducted fieldwork. I am also interested in the mechanics of causal inference and research design, particularly experiments. My other interests include violent extremism, dynamics of conflict, and democratic foreign policy-making. I manage a geocoded dataset on peacekeeping operations covering 2001-2018 and all UN PKOs in Africa during that time.
My work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, International Security, and Journal of Peace Research. My research has been funded by Innovation for Poverty Action's Peace and Recovery Program, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the MacMillan Center for International Studies, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, the American Political Science Association, and the International Studies Association.
I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in December 2018.