I am an Associate 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).

For the 2018-2020 AY, I am the interim director of the PELIO program at the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University running working groups on "Ungoverned Spaces" and "Non-State Actor Governance".

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

  • Helga Malmin Binningsbø, Scott Gates and I are inviting applications for a PhD Position at PRIO in During-Conflict Justice

  • Sam Bestvater and I presented some new research on rebel communication through Twitter at Peace Science this year

  • NIRI launch in Belfast with Christian Davenport and Chris Sullivan

  • A new blog on policy impact with Kathleen Cunningham and Joe Young

  • The During-Conflict Justice Database release is out in print at JCR