I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University and a Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). I received my Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and a MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Stockton University. My research is motivated by a desire to better understand and contribute to the prevention of violent conflict and the violation of human rights. I do this through assessing the intersection of violent behavior, political institutions, and political participation.

My current work focuses on transitional justice adopted both during and after armed conflict. I study the ways that justice processes can be used for good or for evil through political consolidation, political exclusion, social reconciliation, narrative construction, and for economic gain.

I have looked at these issues in East Africa, primarily Rwanda and Uganda. To explore justice processes in post-conflict democracies, I have conducted field work in Northern Ireland, Turkey, and Nepal.

I currently serve as the co-Director of the Northern Ireland Research Initiative (NIRI) funded by the National Science Foundation (SES# 1565409).

My ongoing project on the use of transitional justice during conflict has been funded by the National Science Foundation (SES#1227985) and the US Institute of Peace.

For the 2017-18 AY, I have a NSF workshop grant with Kathleen Cunningham to explore rebel group legitimacy and organizational structures. This project builds off work I completed last year as the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fellow for the Prevention of Genocide, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Contact me

Indiana University
Department of Political Science
Bloomington, IN 47405-7110

Woodburn Hall Office 341


Recent activity

  • Thanks to James Hughes & Denisa Kostovicova for the invitation to be part of this intersting special issue on Rethinking Reconciliation and Transitional Justice After Conflict.

  • Ben Appel and I are excited to see our article on post-conflict justie and conflict recurrence in print at ISQ.

  • Check out my new piece on Government Behavior During Armed Conflict in the Online Oxford Reseach Encyclopedia.

  • Presented new work on conflict framing in Northern Ireland at the American Political Science Association meeting in San Francisco.