Welcome! I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and a Research Fellow with the UCB Center for African Studies.

My research focuses on questions of conflict, state-building, and governance at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations. My dissertation shows how post-conflict countries manage the reconstruction process to simultaneously consolidate political support and minimize threats from new insurgencies. This research has been supported by the Center for African Studies and the Institute for International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to my dissertation research, I am working on several projects that examine causes of political and violent conflict and their consequences for economic and political development.

I am originally from Albuquerque, NM where I attended the University of New Mexico and received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. I also hold an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.