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I am a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. My dissertation addresses the question of why some states succeed in rebuilding their militaries after an ethnic conflict and others fail. I am interested in questions of what a professional military looks like in ethnically divided societies, and how the military can best be used to ameliorate ethnic tensions after an ethnic conflict. My research interests are in religious and ethnic conflict and violence, civilian-military relations, state building, the construction of the religion-secular divide, and identity politics.
In Summer 2017 I conducted field work in Khartoum, Sudan for my dissertation chapter The Sudanese Experiment: Sudan's Military Reconstruction 1972-1983 (under review at The Journal of the Middle East and Africa)
In January 2019 I completed fieldwork in the Amolatar district, Northern Uganda, for a new project on climate change, women's adaptive capacity, and gender roles.