I am an Associate Professor of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. My research focuses on political violence (e.g. electoral violence), identity-based conflicts (e.g. interethnic conflict), and the role of media in peacebuilding. I am also interested in the politics of international development and humanitarianism in post-conflict settings, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. I recently finished a project that sought to develop a comprehensive typology of frames to increase our understanding of the core issues fuelling ethnopolitical violence and land conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa, drawing on multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in Kenya. The project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). My current project (in collaboration with two partners) seeks to develop a system of assessment for peace professionals to increase their efficiency and effectiveness during field missions.
My work has appeared in both policy and academic journals such as the Canadian Journal of African Studies, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, and Canadian Journal of Political Science. I also co-edited the book "Lutte Contre le Terrorisme en Afrique: Acte de Bienveillance ou Prétexte Géostratégique?", published by the University of Montreal Press. Besides teaching and research, I am currently the Director of Conflict Research Centre (CRC) at Saint Paul University, and a past board member of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution (CICR).