I’m a Ph.D candidate in Political Science at Yale University and a Research Fellow at AidData. Beginning fall of 2015 I’ll be an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Brown University.136

My research focuses on UN peacebuilding and post-conflict state consolidation. Some of the questions that interest me:

  • How do governments regain legitimacy in the eyes of citizens after prolonged periods of state absence or predation? What role do peacebuilders play in enhancing (or eroding) state legitimacy?
  • How does rule of law interact with informal institutions where states are weak? How amenable are these institutions to third party reform?
  • Why does violence so often persist at the local level even after civil wars end and peace agreements are signed? What are the causes and consequences of local violence in times of national peace?

I’ve conducted fieldwork on these and other questions in Colombia, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the International Growth Centre and USAID, among others. I have also worked in various capacities for the 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.

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

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