About Me

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 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 the Washington Post Monkey Cage, The Conversation, Political Violence @ a Glance, and Duck of Minerva and have been interviewed by the BBC, France 24, and Gazeta do Povo (Brazil). Additionally, I assist with asylum cases for Nicaraguans in the United States.

I received my PhD in May 2018 from the Department of Government at Harvard University, with a focus on comparative politics and international relations. 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.