I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During the 2018-2019 academic year, I am on leave as 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.
My research interests include civil wars, regimes and regime transitions, revolutions, violence, 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, and the Journal of Democracy, as well as three edited volumes.
I received my PhD in May 2018 from the Department of Government at Harvard University, with a focus on comparative politics and international relations. My dissertation, “From Insurgent to Incumbent: State Building and Service Provision after Rebel Victory in Civil Wars,” examines how rebel organizational goals and institutional choices affect state building and public service provision by following rebel victory. I conducted dissertation fieldwork in Liberia, Nicaragua, and Uganda. I was a Graduate Student Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and received a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
I was a Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School in 2016-2017, and from 2013-2015 was the student coordinator of the Harvard Political Violence Workshop.