Welcome

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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) for three years. 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. 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 wartime 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, is forthcoming, or conditionally accepted at 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 Swiss National Science Foundation, 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!