I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics and Research Methods at Alma College in Michigan. Previously, I've held positions at Miami University of Ohio and Texas A&M University - Commerce both great state institutions. I received my doctorate at the University of North Texas in 2015.
As a committed peace scholar, my research and pedagogical interests attempt to understand state-sponsored political violence as well as the likelihood of sustainable peace and democratization after conflict. Specifically, my research analyzes the transition of former insurgents into effective political parties and governing officials after civil war. I also conduct analyses on state repression and the effectiveness of transnational advocacy networks.
I am also a professor committed to innovative teaching methods, especially the use of problem-based learning and the use of real-world data in the classroom. As a first generation college student, I am also committed to the development of curriculum that develop human capital, information literacy, and leadership skills that are important for life after college.