About Me


I am an Assistant Professor at Washington State University’s School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs.

I specialize in both International Relations and Comparative Politics, and I focus on conflict processes, corruption, and political psychology. I am keenly interested in spatial determinants of conflict and trust, endogenous processes within social movements, and rebuilding trust in post-conflict regions. I focus on African politics and have worked and conducted research in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, and Afghanistan. I also have a keen  interest in examining the political origins of antisemitism in countries with large Jewish diasporas. 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, Political Psychology, Political Geography, Social Movement Studies, Politics, and Political Studies Review. My research has been supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Academic Engagement Network. In 2020, I was selected as a 2020 Monograph Fellow at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. I was recently selected for the ADL’s inaugural class of antisemitism research fellows. My article in Political Studies Review was awarded the Best Article of 2021 by the journal’s editorial staff.

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.