I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University and a Graduate Student Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, with a focus on comparative politics and international relations. My dissertation, “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 by following rebel victory. I conducted dissertation fieldwork in Liberia, Nicaragua, and Uganda.
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 two edited volumes.
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.