Welcome to my website.
I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. At Duke, I am a member of the Department of Political Science, the SPC group, and the DevLab. 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 the short- and long-run consequences of state repression and political violence. I study these relationships with a particular focus on insurgent organizations and civilian communities. My work also investigates the role of non-state actors in the provision and transformation of political order, the intersections of political violence and organized crime, and the micro-foundations of inter-group solidarity and conflict. Methodologically, I am particularly interested in issues related to the improvement of causal inference in observational studies, the identification of 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 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 indiscriminate 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 2015, 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 recently awarded the MPSA Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar Award.
To learn more about my work, please have a look at this website or contact me directly.