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 often emphasizes these topics in sub-Saharan Africa. I will join the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University as an Assistant Professor of Government in Fall 2019.
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.