Thank you for visiting my website! Here you will find my research interests and current projects.
I am a Ph.D candidate in the political science department 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 and will be returning to the field in Summer 2018.