Apointments | Education | Publications | Consulting | Field Work | Grants




Academic Apointments

Penn State University, Associate Professor, July 2019- Present

Indiana University, Associate Professor, July 2018- July 2019

  • Assistant Professor, August 2015- June 2018

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway, Global Fellow, Jan. 2017- Present

US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide Leonard and Sophie Davis Fellow, June 2016- May 2017

West Virginia University, Assistant Professor, July 2011- July 2015

Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Visiting Researcher, Aug. 2009- Aug. 2011


Ph.D. May 2011, University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Government and Politics

M.A.  May 2008, University of Maryland, College Park,  Major: Government and Politics

M.A.  May 2004, Stockton University, Major: Holocaust and Genocide Studies

B.A.  May 2002, Smith College, Major: Government

Selected Publications

“Justice during armed conflict: A new dataset on government and rebel strategies” with Helga Malmin Binningsbø. Journal of Conflict Resolution 62(2): 2018.

“Transitional Justice and Political Order in Rwanda.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 41(4): 2018.

“Post-Conflict Justice and Conflict Recurrence: Addressing Motivations for Sustainable Peace” with Benjamin Appel. International Studies Quarterly 61(3): 2017.

“Research under fire: Conflict Studies and Researcher trauma” with Alicia Simoni. PS: Political Science and Politics 50(1): January 2017.

“Overcoming Research Obstacles in Hybrid Regimes: Lessons from Rwanda” Social Science Quarterly 97(4): December 2016.

“Transitional InJustice: Subverting Justice in Transition and Post-Conflict Societies” with Christian Davenport. Journal of Human Rights 15(1): 2016.

“The Northern Ireland Research Initiative: Data on the Troubles from 1968-1998” with Christopher Sullivan and Christian Davenport. Conflict Management and Peace Science 31(1) February 2014.

“Armed Conflict and Post-Conflict Justice, 1946-2006: A Dataset” with Helga Malmin Binningsbø, Jon Elster and Scott Gates. Journal of Peace Research 49(5) September 2012.

“The Economic Benefits of Justice: Post-Conflict Justice and Foreign Direct Investment” with Benjamin Appel. Journal of Peace Research 49(5) September 2012.

“The Coercive Weight of the Past: An Empirical Analysis of Temporal Dependence in the Conflict-Repression Nexus” with Christopher Sullivan and Christian Davenport. International Interactions 38(4): August 2012.

“The States Must be Crazy: Dissent and the Puzzle of Repressive Persistence” with Christian Davenport. International Journal of Conflict and Violence 6(1) May 2012.

“Why Men Participate: A Review of Perpetrator Research on the Rwandan Genocide” Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies 1(2) September 2009: 26-46.

“A Calamity in the Neighborhood: Women’s Participation in the Rwanda Genocide” Co-authored with Reva Adler and J. Globerman. Genocide Studies and Prevention 2(3) Winter 2008: 209-234.

“Transforming Men Into Killers: Attitudes leading to hands-on violence during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide” Co-authored with Reva Adler, J. Globerman and E. Larson. Global Public Health 3(3) 2008: 291-307.

Research and Consulting Experience

International Advisor, African Transitional Justice Comparative Study, Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), South Africa, 2016-Present

Co-Director, Northern Ireland Research Initiative, with Prof. Christian Davenport, September 2009-Present

Project Coordinator, Genodynamics, with Prof. Christian Davenport, September 2004-August 2009

Research Assistant, Insurgency and Terrorism Project, with Prof. Paul Huth, May 2007-February 2010

Project Consultant, Inclusive Security: Women Waging Peace, Kigali, Rwanda, May 2005

Project Coordinator, Fulbright Project, Dr. Reva Adler (PI), Kigali, Rwanda, September 2004- April 2005

Documentation Centre Coordinator, Aegis Trust, Kigali, Rwanda, January 2004- July 2004

Field Work

Nepal (2014)

Northern Ireland  (2008, 2009, 2010)

Rwanda (2004, 2005-2006, 2009, 2010, 2013)

Turkey (2014)

Uganda (2012, 2013)

Research Grants

“The Organization of Rebellion: Understanding Rebel Group Governance and Legitimacy” with Kathleen Cunningham. National Science Foundation #1656398. $49,949. August 2017- December 2018.

“An Organizational Approach to State Repression” with Christian Davenport and Christopher Sullivan. 2015-2017.  National Science Foundation #1555442. $503,100.00. September 2015- August 2019.

“Empirical studies of International Criminal Law in armed conflict” with Helga Malmin Binningsbø. PRIO Strategic Initiative Fund $10,000. October-December 2016.

Fulbright Scholarship Grant, Norway. August- December 2014.

Leiv Eiriksson Mobility Grant, Norway. August- December 2014.

ADVANCE Sponsorship Grant for work with Margaret Levi. 2013-2014. National Science Foundation. $15,000.00

“Strategic Justice During Civil Conflict” 2013-2014. United States Institute of Peace. $109,182.46.

“Strategic Justice During Civil Conflict” with Helga Malmin Binningsbø and Scott Gates. 2012-2014. National Science Foundation #1227985. $74,575.00.

  • Additional support from West Virginia Higher Education Policy Initiative. $60,000.00