I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego and a 2019-2020 United States Institute of Peace-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar. My research focuses on regional intergovernmental organizations, security cooperation, and elite politics, particularly in Africa.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, I will be a Dissertation Fellow with the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

My dissertation research and field work has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace, the UCSD Sanford Lakoff Research Fellowship, the UCSD Friends of the International Center, and the UCSD International Institute.

Prior to beginning my studies at UCSD, I graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

I will be on the job market in AY 2020-2021.

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