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I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan. My research spans international relations and comparative politics. I study autocratic politics and political violence, with a specific emphasis on civil-military relations, bureaucracies, and leadership survival in sub-Saharan Africa. I also research the dynamics of United Nations peacekeeping. I’ve conducted field research in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.

I received my BA from the University of Michigan in Political Science and English with a minor in History in 2014.