I am a research-track Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Politics and Research Associate of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland, College Park. I earned a PhD in Political Science from Penn State University, and MPP (International Development & Crime Policy) from Georgetown University, and a BA (International Relations & Spanish) from Bucknell University.
My work orbits one central research question: How do organization and identity influence dynamics of political challenge in polarized societies? I use quantitative and qualitative methods to examine specifically mobilization and institution-building among radical socio-political groups around the world, and particularly in North America, Latin America, and Africa. My written work has been published or accepted for publication in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, International Negotiation, Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, and the Newsletter of the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. I have contributed book reviews to the American Journal of Sociology and Journal of Conflict Studies, and research-based public commentary to Foreign Policy and The Washington Post.
I also co-convene the Advancing Research in Conflict (ARC) Consortium, which provides methods and ethics training and support to researchers working in violence-affected contexts, and serve on a variety of editorial, review, and advisory boards for organizations that advocate for rigorous and accessible political science in the public interest.
My C.V. is available here.