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I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan, where I study the relationship between political violence and governance. I focus especially on the behavior and management of state agents in the shadow of violence and the implications for civilian perceptions of and trust in the state. Understanding how governments are managed and how societies rebuild trust after violence is crucial to developing policy aimed at reducing the likelihood of recurrent conflicts, alleviating the cost of violence when it arises, and increasing the efficacy of interventions to stop violence in the weak states where I work. My research is based on field work conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and South Africa and has been published in Governance and Journal of Peace Research.

I received my BA from the University of Michigan in 2014. Go Blue!