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Amuru Displacement Camp, Uganda


Roj Displacement Camp, Al-Hassakah Province, Syria

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“How Does International Intervention Work? A Mechanism for Securing Peace Settlements in Civil Conflicts” (with Aila Matanock). British Journal of Political Science (2022).

“The Consequences of Internal Displacement on Conflict Dynamics: Evidence from Syria” (with Justin Schon). Political Geography, Vol. 86 (April 2021).

"Winning Hearts and Minds for Rebel Rulers: Foreign Aid and Military Contestation in Syria” (with Carnegie, Howe, and Mukhopadhyay). British Journal of Political Science (2021).

“The Effects of Foreign Aid During Civil War: Evidence from a Large-Scale U.S. Aid Program in Syria"

(with Allison Carnegie, Kim Howe, and Dipali Mukhopadhyay). Economics & Politics (2021).

Explaining Population Displacement Strategies in Civil War: A Cross-National Analysis.” International Organization, Vol. 74, No. 2 (Spring 2020).

“Beyond Ethno-Sectarian Cleansing: The Assortative Logic of Forced Displacement in Syria.” Refugee and Migration Movements in the Middle East. Ed. Marc Lynch. Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) Series No. 25 (March 2017): pp. 42-48.

“Forced Displacement and Identity Politics in the Middle East.” Nations and Nationalism. Ed. Marc Lynch. POMEPS Series No. 14 (June 2015): pp. 22-25.

Works in Progress

Guilt by Location: Forced Displacement and Population Sorting in Civil Wars (book manuscript, under review).

"Understanding Social Acceptance of Returnees after Displacement: Experimental Evidence from Iraq" (working paper). 

“Shared Suffering and the Reintegration of the Displaced after Conflict” (working paper).

"State Responses to the Internally Displaced: A New Dataset" (with Abbey Steele, working paper).

Field Research


Policy Analysis and Program Evaluations

Strategic Displacement in Civil Conflict 

State Policies on Internal Displacement [in progress]

"Evidence-based Lessons for Implementing the Global Fragility Act" (with Ryan Sheely). Washington, D.C.: Mercy Corps (2022).

Mobilizing Communities to Build Social Cohesion and Reduce Vulnerability to Violent Extremism: Evidence from a Peacebuilding Program in Niger (with Ryan Sheely and Lisa Inks). Washington, D.C.: Mercy Corps (2022).

"Strengthening Social Cohesion for Violence Prevention: Ten Lessons for Policymakers and Practitioners" (with Ifeoluwa Olawole and Ryan Sheely). Washington, D.C.: Mercy Corps (2022).

Strategic Displacement and the Politics of Wartime Mobility: Implications for Policymakers and Practitioners." UNHCR reference paper (contribution to UNHCR's State of the World’s Forcibly Displaced 2021).

"To Ease Iraq’s Displacement Crisis, Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding are Vital" (with Mayesha Alam). Just Security (2021).


Toward Durable Solutions to Displacement: Understanding Social Acceptance of Returnees in Post-ISIS Iraq (with Saad Saadi). Washington, D.C.: Mercy Corps (2021).

"The Pandemic has Reshaped Conflicts Around the World. Here's What Got Worse" (with Mayesha Alam and Ryan Sheely). The Washington Post Monkey Cage (2021).

A Clash of Contagions: The Impact of COVID-19 on Conflict in Nigeria, Colombia, and Afghanistan (with Gabrielle Aron, Daniel Herrera Kelly, and Ryan Sheely). Washington, D.C.: Mercy Corps (2021).

'Fear of the Unknown: Religion, Identity, and Conflict in Northern Nigeria (with Emmanuel Ogbudu). Washington, D.C.: Mercy Corps (2021).

"Guilt by Location." Foreign Policy (2020).

"Understanding the Links Between Social Cohesion and Violence: Evidence from Niger" (with Lisa Inks and Ryan Sheely). Washington, D.C.: Mercy Corps (March 2021). 

"Prioritizing Research and Learning within the Global Fragility Strategy" (with Ifeoluwa Olawole and Ryan Sheely). Washington, D.C.: Mercy Corps (February 2021).

What Makes Refugees and Migrants Vulnerable to Detention in Libya? A Microlevel Study of the Determinants of Detention," Mixed Migration Centre Research Report (December 2019). 

You Can't Go Home Again: Pressures and Prospects of Refugee Return to Syria," Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University (2019)

How to Really Help the World's New Refugees," The Washington Post Monkey Cage (2015)

The Identity Politics of Displacement in the Middle East,” The Washington Post Monkey Cage (2015)

“The Problem with ‘Safe Zones’ in the Middle East,” UN Dispatch (2014)

“Is the International Community Abandoning South Sudan?” UN Dispatch (2014)

“What Boko Haram Has Learned from ISIS,” UN Dispatch (2014)

“Syria, Libya, and the Challenge of Intervention,” UN Dispatch (2014)

“The Aid Diversion Dilemma,” UN Dispatch (2014)

Forced Migration as a Weapon of War,” UN Dispatch (2014)

“America’s Refugee Crisis,” UN Dispatch (2014)

 Invited Talks, Conferences, and Workshops

Cambridge University Forced Displacement Workshop, Cambridge, UK (January 2020)

McGill University International Peace and Security Studies Speaker Series, Montreal, CA (January 2020)

Tufts University Human Security Lecture Series, Medford, MA (November 2019)

Columbia University International Politics Seminar Series, New York, NY (September 2019)

Yale University Comparative Politics Workshop, New Haven, CT (September 2019)

APSA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (September 2019)

ISA Annual Convention, Toronto, CA (March 2019)

Peace Science Society International Meeting, Austin, TX (November 2018)

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre Conference on IDPs, Geneva, CH (October 2018)


SOAS Refugee Law Initiative Annual Conference, University of London, U.K. (July 2018)

Violence, Trauma, and Refugees in the Arab Spring workshop, University of Hamburg, Germany (May 2018)


ISA Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA (April 2018)


Yale University Program on Order, Conflict and Violence Speaker Series, New Haven, CT (March 2018)

Conflict, Security and Peacebuilding Speaker Series, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 2018)

EISA Annual Convention, Barcelona, Spain (September 2017)

APSA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (August 2017)

Olympia Summer Academy on Conflict and Political Violence, Nafplio, Greece (July 2017)

Hosting Migrants and Refugees  workshop, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey (July 2017)

Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, U.K. (March 2017)

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) Convention, Poznan, Poland (July 2016)

APSA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (September 2015)

MPSA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL (April 2015)

ISA Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA (February 2015)

ISA Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada (March 2014)

Bridging the Gap: New Era Foreign Policy Conference, Washington, D.C. (March 2014)

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