About Me

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I am an Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University, the Behrend College. 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 processes of rebuilding trust, natural resource management, cooperation, and police legitimacy 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 is forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and I have been selected as a 2020 Monograph Fellow at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

My book project examines why anti-corruption movements in Africa’s third wave of protest have sometimes adopted reformative measures and other times adopted revolutionary measures. I argue that they are structured by different types of corruption. I develop a typology of social movements and examine how different types of corruption shape the likelihood of one form of contentious mobilization over another. The book includes field surveys conducted in Nigeria and South Africa, geostatistical analysis of contentious events in Nigeria and Kenya, and statistical analysis of survey-level data across Africa. More research is planned for Morocco, Kenya, and Egypt.

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.