Ph.D. in Government, Harvard University

I am a political scientist studying state building, civil wars, and political violence in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, with extensive field research experience. I received my PhD in Government from Harvard University in May 2018. From July 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the 2018-19 academic year, I will be on leave as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

I hold a masters in government from Harvard University, a masters in sociology from the University of Cape Town, and a BA in political science from Yale University. I have published multiple journal articles and book chapters, as well as commentary pieces.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2018–2019
    Postdoctoral fellow, Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
  • 2012–2018
    Doctoral Student in Government, Harvard University
  • 2011–2012
    Research Consultant, Handicap International
  • 2010–2011
    Research associate, Centre for Social Science Research, Univrsity of Cape Town


  • 2018 
    Harvard University, Ph.D. in Government
  • 2015 
    Harvard University, A.M. in Government
  • 2011 
    University of Cape Town, MSocSc in Sociology
  • 2009 
    Yale University, B.A. in Political Science

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • African Studies Association
  • Latin American Studies Association