Welcome! I am a postdoctoral scholar at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. I am also an affiliated scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University and a Truman National Security Fellow. My research and teaching focuses on forced migration and population displacement, civil war, political violence, international intervention, and governance in conflict-affected countries. In my work I utilize a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and draw on original cross-national and sub-national data. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, including surveys and archival, interview, and ethnographic research.
I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. I also serve as a consultant for humanitarian, development, and advocacy organizations on issues related to conflict, displacement, and governance, including the World Bank, Mercy Corps, the Danish Refugee Council, USAID, and Refugees International. Prior to my academic career, I reported for National Geographic and worked on USAID-funded stabilization and political transition programs in Afghanistan, Libya, and South Sudan.