I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation as of July, 2021.  In the Summer of 2022, I will join the University of Utah Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor.

I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego in June, 2021.  Previously, I was a Dissertation Fellow with the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (2020-2021) and a United States Institute of Peace-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar (2019-2020).  

My research focuses on regional intergovernmental organizations, security cooperation, and elite politics, particularly in Africa and among autocrats. 

I received the 2021 Lawrence S. Finkelstein Award (Best paper) from the International Studies Association's International Organization Section.

Currently, I am completing a book manuscript on illiberal regional cooperation in Africa, as well as a series of papers on international cooperation among autocracies.

From 2021-2023, my research is supported by a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation and the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

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

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