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Assistant Professor of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

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 am an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with affiliations in Political Science and Latin American & Iberian Studies.

I hold a PhD and 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. My research has been published in multiple journals and edited volumes, and my commentary and analysis have been published by outlets including The Conversation, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.


  • 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