I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 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 a Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School in 2016-2017.
I am fluent in Spanish and have advanced proficiency in Portuguese and French, and have consulted for Freedom House on press freedom and civil liberties in Lusophone Africa.
Prior to coming to Harvard, 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 have been an affiliated researcher of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security (IPRIS) and the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN). 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 southern Maine.