Research

Publications

From Rallies to Riots: Why Some Protests Become Violent” with Brandon Ives. 2020. Journal of Conflict Resolution. Volume: 64 issue: 5, 958-986.

“Corruption Perceptions and Contentious Politics.” 2020. Political Studies Review. Volume: 19 issue: 2, 227-244.

“Signals, strongholds, and support: political party protests in South Africa.” 2020. Politics. Volume: 41 issue: 2, 189-206.

The role of trust in mobilization and nonviolent discipline: Civil resistance evidence from Africa” Peer-reviewed monograph. International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. 2021.

“How does exposure to conflict events shape social trust? A spatiotemporal approach.With Sedef Topal. Afrobarometer Working Paper 189.

Territorial origins of center-seeking and self-determination claims in Africa.” with Mike Widmeier. Political Geography. Volume 94, April 2022.

Repression and bystander mobilization in Africa.Social Movement Studies.

Current Research

Corruption, Reform, and Revolution. I examine how different types of corruption shape the onset of conflict and contentious politics. I pay particular attention to how elements of different types of corruption affect the strategic goals of conflict actors.

Trust & Mobilization. The role that social trust plays in shaping mobilization into contentious groups, as well as shaping ‘cultures of trust within those groups. In particular, I examine the role that trust can play in shaping collective action and bargaining in mining communities as well as rebuilding post-conflict societies.

Methods

Geospatial analysis, which allows me to visualize and model the spatial impact of social incidents on one another, as well as to derive a stronger understanding of how geography drives political outcomes.

Quantitative analysis, including parametric and non-parametric statistical analysis in both frequentist and Bayesian approaches.

Experimental methods, which I find to be useful in deriving and testing initial suppositions about behaviors in response to certain stimuli. I see experiments as a crucial first step in testing whether we are asking the right questions.

Field research and interviews, which provide both exploratory and confirmatory information in the form of thick context and process-tracing.

Research Appointments

  1. Center for Open Data Enterprise. Washington, DC. (2018 – 2019)
  2. Global Integrity. Washington, DC. (2016 – 2018)
  3. Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. College Park, MD. (2015 – 2017)
  4. Uppsala University, Department of Peace Research. Uppsala, Sweden. Ethnic One-Sided Violence Project (2015)
  5. University of Maryland. College Park, MD. w/ Mark Lichbach & Paul Huth (2013 – 2016)