My research interests are human rights, state repression, conflict, international political economy, and comparative political economy of development.
My interests in these areas stem from my international work.
In 2004, I taught English in Zenica, Bosnia and partnered with local community leaders to rebuild homes for families displaced by the war. While there I had the opportunity to visit several cities that had been designated by the UN during the war as “safe areas” including Sarajevo, Gorazde, Bihac, and Srebrenica.
In 2007, I worked with local and international non-governmental organizations, providing aid to internally displaced persons in northern Uganda.
In 2009 funded by the McCaleb Initiative for Peace, I returned to Gulu, Uganda with my wife, Kaitlin to research the role religious leaders played in pursuing peace and justice in areas impacted by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Our work won two journalism awards from the Missouri College of Media Association.
Before coming to Emory I taught for two years as a lecturer for the Department of Political Science and the Fulbright College Program in International Relations at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. For my commitment to teaching, I was awarded the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center’s New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment. In addition to teaching at the University of Arkansas, I have taught courses in global diplomacy for the Summer College and Academy at Duke University and a seminar on American Politics at John Brown University.
In 2017, I will teach Repression and Control under Dictatorships with Jennifer Gandhi.
When not researching or teaching I can be found rock climbing and kayaking with my boys and husky.
Political Science Department, Emory University, 1555 Dickey Drive, Tarbutton Hall, Atlanta, GA 30322