I joined the University of Glasgow (School of Social and Political Sciences) in July 2015. Previously, I taught at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Elon University (North Carolina), and Oberlin College (Ohio).
My main research interests are civil war and ethnic conflict, secessionism, rebel governance, violence and political contention, state (un)making, international security and research methods.
I am currently engaged in three large projects. The first investigates the survival and disappearance of de facto states - polities, like Abkhazia, Northern Cyprus, or Western Sahara, which display many statelike characteristics except for international legal sovereignty. The second analyzes the variation in governance/state-building activities conducted by rebel organizations. The third examines the impact of criminal activities undertaken by insurgents on conflict processes.