My research engages the fields of international relations and comparative politics. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, I investigate questions relating to civil war, armed non-state actors, terrorism, human security, and political violence. My work often focuses on these topics in sub-Saharan Africa. Taken together, my research provides insight into the micro-foundations of armed conflict and human security.
Forthcoming. "A Motion of No Confidence? Leadership and Rebel Fragmentation." Journal of Global Security Studies.
2017. “Immigration Politics and Partisan Realignment: California, Texas, and the 1994 Election.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 17(1): 3-23. With James E. Monogan III.
Papers Under Review
"Risky Business: Foreign Direct Investment and the Economic Consequences of Electoral Violence." With Stephen Bagwell. (Invitation to Revise & Resubmit)
“Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and Rebel Group Fragmentation.” With Robert U. Nagel. (Invitation to Revise & Resubmit)
“Foreign Fighters & Anti-Civilian Violence in Civil War: Rogue Agents or Agents of Atrocity?” With John D. Willingham.
“Follow the Leader: Rebel Leaders and Anti-Civilian Violence in Civil War.” With John D. Willingham.
Other Working Papers
“Warlords, Complicit Publics, and Civil Conflict.” With Scott Gates.
“Rebel Leaders and the Operational Specialization of Rebel Groups.”
“May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor: The Risks and Rewards of Rebel Leadership.”
"Next Door or Next of Kin? Disaggregating Contagious Conflict & Preemptive Repression.” With Chad Clay.