I am a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan. My current research focuses on the internal security apparatus, the dynamics of armed conflict, and post-conflict state-building.  I am especially interested in how the relationship between civilians, the state, and armed actors enable or constrain human rights abuses. I analyze these questions in the Central and Eastern African contexts using administrative, satellite, and geospatial data. I received my BA from the University of Michigan in Political Science and English with a minor in History. I tweet @tomealia.