I am a Political Science Ph.D. candidate at Emory University and data fellow with the Carter Center and Institute for Developing Nations. This August I will be deployed as a Election Monitoring Fellow with the Carter Center’s election observation mission in Kenya.
My research interests are human rights, state repression, conflict, international political economy, and comparative political economy of development. My dissertation focuses on the challenges of policing in multiethnic societies and how an autocrat’s decision to stack or mix his internal security apparatus affects patterns of targeted and indiscriminate repression.
I taught Repression and Control under Dictatorships with Jennifer Gandhi at Emory University in Spring 2017.
My research and teaching interests 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.
I started working in Uganda in 2007 partnering with local and international non-governmental organizations to provide aid to internally displaced persons. 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, where I received 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.
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