I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Rochester. My research occurs along the intersection of applied political economy/game theory, comparative politics, international relations. It focuses mainly on causes of civil war. I have published or accepted articles in Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Journal of Politics, and Journal of Theoretical Politics.
My first major project is primarily game theoretic-oriented and examines the relationship between oil wealth and civil war. A series of articles and papers using conflict bargaining models explain why higher national-level oil wealth should decrease prospects for center-seeking civil wars, but also why oil-rich regions should be more likely to fight separatist civil wars. The second major project examines historical causes of wars, including the long-term legacies of pre-colonial kingdoms, the domestic and international dimensions of colonial European settlers and decolonization wars, and the “colonial peace.” Some of these papers also examine colonial legacies and democracy. Additional ongoing game theoretic projects analyze authoritarian survival and state-building strategies. Finally, I have published several articles on qualitative methods.
Regarding educational background and teaching, I have served as a post-doctoral associate at the W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy at the University of Rochester. I completed my Ph.D. in political science and Master's degree in economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and received a B.A. with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia. I have taught a graduate course on game theory and authoritarian politics and undergraduate courses on research methods and authoritarian politics.