I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. My research analyzes how individuals, communities, armed groups, and the state respond to insecurity and political violence, focusing especially on how coercive power is deployed, managed, and perceived in conflict and post-conflict states. I analyze a variety data — including surveys, archival records, spatial data, and interviews — collected through fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya to generate new understandings of the often contradictory role that conflict plays in creating incentives for cooperation, trust, and security provision. My work has been published in Governance and Journal of Peace Research.
I received my BA, a graduate certificate in African studies, and my MA in 2020, all from the University of Michigan. Go Blue!