Welcome! I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations (DPIR), University of Oxford, and a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Duke University and 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, often in the context of armed conflict, repression, or organized crime. I am currently working on several projects that explore institutions and norms related to wartime and/or gender-based violence. I am also completing a book project that explores the impact of state-led civilian victimization on subsequent patterns of collective action and institutional change. Methodologically, my research straddles multiple levels of analysis from the local to the international and draws on a broad variety of strategies for data collection and analysis, including natural, field, and survey experiments; the evaluation of archival material; and geographic information systems.

My research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Peace Research, among others. It has been funded by organizations such the US National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Swiss Network for International Studies, and the Peace and Recovery¬† Program of Innovation for Poverty Action. It was awarded the MPSA Best Paper by Emerging Scholar Award and 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. My work 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.

To learn more about my research, please have a look at this website. Feel free to contact me directly for access to working papers. Thanks for visiting!