I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with affiliations in Political Science and Latin American and Iberian Studies. My research interests include civil wars, regimes and regime transitions, revolutions, violence, international security, and the political economy of development, with regional interests in the politics of Africa, Latin America, and the Lusophone countries. I also have research and teaching interests in qualitative and mixed methods research methodology. In my research, I use interviews, archival research, comparative historical analysis, and statistical analysis of survey data and cross-national datasets.
My work has been published or is forthcoming in journals including Afrique Contemporaine, Civil Wars, Genocide Studies and Prevention, Geopolitics, the Journal of Democracy, and the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, as well as three edited volumes. I have received research and writing support from funders including the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School, The Tobin Project, and the University of Denver.
My book project, “When the Rebels Win: State Power and Public Interests after Civil Wars,” examines how rebel organizational goals and institutional choices affect state building and public service provision efforts following rebel victory. I have conducted fieldwork for this project in Liberia, Nicaragua, and Uganda.
I also endeavor to make my work accessible to a broader audience, to engage with public debates, and to speak and act against injustice and for human rights. I have written pieces for outlets including Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, The Conversation, Political Violence @ a Glance, and Duck of Minerva, and have been interviewed by the BBC, France 24, Gazeta do Povo (Brazil), Infobae (Argentina), La Presse (Canada), and Radio-Canada. Additionally, I assist with asylum cases for Nicaraguans in the United States.
I was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. I received my PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University, with a focus on comparative politics and international relations, and received a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. I was a Graduate Student Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and I was a Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School in 2016-2017.