I am a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia where I study international relations, comparative politics, and political methodology. My research investigates issues relating to international security, armed non-state actors, terrorism, civil war, and human security. My work emphasizes these topics in sub-Saharan Africa.
In my dissertation, I take a leader-based approach to the formation and management of armed rebel organizations. Using original data, I leverage meaningful variation in rebel leadership to explain how rebel leaders influence group mobilization, organizational structure, and the risk of fragmentation.
In addition to the statistical component, my dissertation's research design includes a qualitative analysis of Jonas Savimbi's leadership of the UNITA insurgency during the Angolan Civil War. Information for this case study is taken from a series of interviews conducted in 2018 throughout Angola with former UNITA commanders and fighters.
When not at my desk, I enjoy baseball, fly fishing, and cooking. I live in Athens, GA with my wife and son.
Attended the Rebel Governance Network workshop at the Peace Science Society Annual Meeting in Austin, TX (11/08).
Presented research on rebel leaders and rebel fragmentation at APSA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA (09/18).
Published article in The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post: "Can Angola’s new president get rid of corruption and revive his party’s reputation?" [link] (08/18).
Returned from conducting fieldwork in Angola with former UNITA rebel commanders, current state military leaders, and other conflict participants (07/18).