I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Binghamton University (SUNY). I received my Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in May 2014. I have been a Predoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence (2013-2014) and a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (2012-2013). My CV can be found here.
My interests lie at the intersection of international security and comparative politics, with a focus on armed group behavior in civil war, politically-motivated violence, criminal violence and criminality, long-run historical legacies, electoral mechanisms in divided societies, ethnicity, state-building, and research methods. My regional areas of focus include Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, although a few of my papers are cross-national in nature. My dissertation studied the dynamics of multiparty insurgencies, drawing on extensive fieldwork in Colombia. Prior to graduate school, I worked for three years on human rights and development, primarily in East and Southern Africa.
I have articles published or forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Terrorism and Political Violence, Research & Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Critical Review. For more information on these and my working papers please see my Research page.
Born and raised in the great state of New Jersey, I enjoy short fiction, antique maps and records, and playing jazz piano.