My primary research interests are the intersection between international relations, ethics and conflict processes—specifically, the role of faith as a catalyst or restraint in third party mediation and human rights promotion and the roles of international-faith-based organizations in conflict resolution.
My interests in these areas stem from my international work and research.
In 2004, I taught English in Bosnia and served with local community leaders to rebuild homes for Bosniak families displaced by the war. In 2007, I worked in northern Uganda with local and international non-governmental organizations seeking reconciliation and structural justice across divisions created by identity and violent conflict. While working in Bosnia and Uganda, I witnessed the power of religion and identity to divide, but also the emotive force and the role of faith to bring reconciliation. These experiences impacted my own faith and academic journey.
Before coming to Emory I taught for two years as a lecturer for the Department of Political Science at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
When not researching I can occasionally be found hiking with my boys and husky.