I’m the Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University. My research focuses on international intervention and the consolidation of state authority after civil war, with an emphasis on rule of law and security institutions. Some of the questions that interest me:

  • How to restore civilians’ trust and compliance with security institutions after years of state absence, dysfunction or predation?
  • How to prevent local violence in times of national peace?
  • How (and whether) to reestablish the primacy of formal laws over informal norms, rules and customs?

I’ve conducted fieldwork on these and other questions in Colombia, Liberia, Uganda and Cote d’Ivoire, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the International Growth Centre and USAID, among others. I’ve also worked in various capacities for the UN Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, the US Central Intelligence Agency’s Political Instability Task Force, Freedom House and the Small Arms Survey. I hold a B.A. from Brown, an M.Sc in conflict studies from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and a Ph.D in political science from Yale University. My research has been published in the American Political Science Review and other venues.

Outside academia I am a 3rd-degree black belt in Taekwondo.

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