I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Pennsylvania State 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).

I have previosuly served as 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 had a NSF workshop grant with Kathleen Cunningham to explore rebel group legitimacy and organizational structures. Through this initiative we created the Rebel Governance Network.

Contact me

Penn State University
Department of Political Science
University Park, PA 16802

Pond Lab Office 206


Recent activity

  • In October 2019 I gave a master's class on Reserach-related trauma at the Southwest Workshop on Mixed Methods Reserach hosted by ITAM in Mexico City.

  • In October 2019 I got to talk about my new work on rebel courts and legitimacy at a great workshop at the University of Toronoto. Thanks Wendy Wong, Danielle Jung, and Amanda Murdie!

  • In June I presented a module on Research-related trauma with Alicia Simoni at IQMR.

  • NIRI launch in Belfast with Christian Davenport and Chris Sullivan