I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan, where I study the relationship between violence, security provision, and the evolution of the post-colonial state. In particular, I ask why civilians in contexts of acute insecurity choose to invest their trust in some security providers and not others, and how those decisions impact state building and political development. My research also explains how and why political elites use the state security apparatus to consolidate control at the local level.

I answer these questions using field work and by analyzing original data collected in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and South Africa. My work has been published in Governance and Journal of Peace Research. I received my BA in 2014 and my MA in 2020, both from the University of Michigan.