I am an Assistant Professor of Government at Eastern Kentucky University. I received a PhD from the University of Georgia in 2019.
I conduct research and teach within the fields of international relations and comparative politics. My work investigates topics relating to international security, militant organizations, armed conflict and human security. I often focus on these issues in sub-Saharan African countries.
In a 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. Relating to this project, in 2018, I conducted fieldwork in Angola with former commanders and fighters of the UNITA rebel group.
When not at my desk, I enjoy baseball, fly fishing, crosswords, and cooking. My family and I live in central Kentucky.