Welcome! I am the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. At Duke, I am a faculty member of the Department of Political Science and the DevLab@Duke. Prior to joining Duke, I was an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics (Department of Government). I was also a post-doctoral researcher at the UZH-ETH Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS), and a pre-doctoral visiting fellow at the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University.

My research examines dynamics of violence, governance, and mobilization in the context of political violence, repression, and organized crime; civilian attitudes towards war; and gender-based violence. Methodologically, I am particularly interested in causal inference for observational studies, natural experiments, and survey experimental designs. My research also draws on methodological strategies and tools from other disciplines, such as the evaluation of archival material and the use of geographic information systems.

I am currently working on a book project that explores the impact of state-led civilian victimization on subsequent patterns of wartime collective action and institutional change. The manuscript builds on my dissertation on the consequences of wartime state violence. The dissertation was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Applied Development Research (1st prize, young researcher category) by the Research Group on Development Economics of the German Economic Association and the KfW Development Bank. It was also shortlisted for the Jean Blondel PhD Prize and received the SIAF Award, the Prize for the Best PhD Thesis from the UZH Department of Political Science, and the Annual Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the University of Zurich’s Division for Humanities and Social Sciences.

My research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Swiss Network for International Studies, among others. Some of my co-authored work was awarded the MPSA Best Paper by Emerging Scholar Award.

To learn more about my work, please have a look at this website or contact me directly.