I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, specializing in international relations and methodology. I completed my  PhD at the University of Minnesota, where I also obtained a MSc in Applied Economics. Previously, I was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Dickey Center at Dartmouth College and a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace. Within international relations, my research has involved innovative approaches to studying the causes of civil conflict, with an emphasis on how environmental  pressures shape patterns of political violence. My methodological interests include limited dependent variable models, econometric and causal inference methods, mixed and combined methods approaches, and event data.

My work has appeared or is forthcoming in multiple academic journals, including Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution and American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and has been mentioned in policy outlets such as Foreign PolicyThe Monkey Cage (Washington Post), and The United States Institute of Peace’s Policy Briefs. My book, The Politics of Mass Killing in Autocratic Regimes (coauthored with Bumba Mukherjee), which was published in June 2018, explains when and where food shortages can lead to mass killing within nondemoratic states. We are currently in the process of writing a second book, Militias After The War, which examines the determinants and impact of integrating informal group into the formal security aparatus after civil wars.

This website contains information about my research and teaching. My Google Scholar profile can be found here. My linkedin profile can be accessed here. For more information about my research see here and here.

The most current version of my CV can be found here.

Last updated: October 10 2020.