I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.
I conduct research on international efforts to reduce post-conflict fragility in developing settings, particularly in West Africa, where I've conducted fieldwork. I am also interested in the mechanics of causal inference and research design, particularly experiments. My other interests include peacekeeping, violent extremism, dynamics of conflict, and democratic foreign policy-making. I co-manage RADPKO, a geocoded dataset on the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping operations covering 1999-2018.
My work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, International Security, Journal of Peace Research, and International Peacekeeping.
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 May 2019.