Welcome to my personal website. I am an Assistant Professor of International Security at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where I teach courses on comparative politics, conflict and peacebuilding, and African politics. My research focuses on the legacies of civil wars for state formation and democracy, using diverse methods that incorporate archival, interview, and survey-based evidence. My current book project, Insurgent Armies: Explaining Military Loyalty after Rebel Victory, examines civil-military relations and ex-rebel commander behavior in countries ruled by former armed movements. I am also interested in research on political violence, humanitarian aid, democratic accountability, and politics in Sub-Saharan Africa. I have worked and conducted research in Côte d'Ivoire, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, and Tajikistan. In 2019 I received a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
My hometown is Elmira, Ontario, Canada.