I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University, with a focus on comparative politics and international relations, and a Graduate Student Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. 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. I also consult for Freedom House on press freedom and civil liberties in Lusophone Africa. I am fluent in Spanish and have advanced proficiency in Portuguese and French.
From July 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During the 2018-2019 academic year, I will be 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.
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 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 from southern Maine.