Research Interests

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.


Peer-Reviewed Publications 

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.