About Me


I am currently an Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University, the Behrend College. I am thrilled to be joining Washington State University’s Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2020.

I specialize in both International Relations and Comparative Politics, and I focus on conflict processes, governance & corruption, and social trust. I am keenly interested in spatial determinants of injustice and conflict, natural resource management, and rebuilding trust in post-conflict regions. I focus primarily on African and Middle Eastern politics and have worked and conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, and Afghanistan. I work in both French and English. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, where I worked with John McCauley and Mark Lichbach. My work has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and Political Studies Review. I have been selected as a 2020 Monograph Fellow at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

In the field of international development, I have worked as an Anti-Corruption Specialist and Program Manager with Management Systems International and Associates in Rural Development in Washington, DC, specializing in programs in democratic rule of law, natural resource management, and post-conflict stabilization in Africa and the Middle East. Recently, I helped to manage an Africa-oriented governance program at Global Integrity, and served as a Research Fellow with the Center for Open Data Enterprise.