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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I am a faculty affiliate in Political Science and Latin American and Iberian Studies. 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 in 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 a Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

I am fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese and French. I have consulted for Freedom House on press freedom and civil liberties in Lusophone Africa, and prior to pursuing my PhD, I was a research design and coordination consultant for Handicap International for work on armed violence-related disabilities in Colombia, Haiti, Pakistan, and Uganda; a researcher at the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town for a study of everyday violence in South Africa; and a DGARQ/FLAD Research Fellow at the Portuguese national archives, where I studied reports of rebel violence against civilians in Angola and Mozambique in the archives of the Portuguese colonial secret police. I also hold an A.M. in Government from Harvard, an M.Soc.Sc. with honors in Sociology from the University of Cape Town and a B.A. cum laude in Political Science from Yale University. I am originally, and proudly, from Maine.