I research and teach within the fields of international relations, comparative politics, and political methodology. I will join the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University as an Assistant Professor of Government in Fall 2019. My work investigates issues relating to international security, armed non-state actors, terrorism, civil war, and human security. I specialize on these topics in sub-Saharan Africa. I received a PhD in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia in 2019.
I employ both quantitative and qualitative methodological tools in my research. In 2018, I conducted fieldwork in Angola with former commanders and fighters of the UNITA rebel group.
In my working book project, I take a leader-based approach to the management of armed rebel organizations. Using original data, I leverage meaningful variation in rebel leadership to explain how rebel leaders influence critical conflict processes, including the forms and intensity of violence and conflict outcome.
When not at my desk, I enjoy baseball, fly fishing, and cooking. I live in Athens, GA.