I am an assistant professor in the Department 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 variation in the characteristics of rebel leaders to explain how they influence critical conflict processes, including the forms and intensity of rebel violence and conflict outcomes. 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, crossword puzzles, and cooking. My family and I live in central Kentucky.