Bush School of Government & Public Service
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4220
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University. My research examines armed conflict in international politics, state-building, strategies of rebellion, and international security.
My first book, The Wartime Origins of Democratization: Civil War, Rebel Governance, and Political Regimes (Cambridge University Press), examines why some civil wars have the effect of launching countries on new and more democratic paths while others reinforce the status quo; it explores the extent to which rebel war-making galvanizes ordinary people into political action.
Other recent and ongoing research projects focus on rebel diplomacy, rebel governance, rebel leadership, religion and political violence, and transnational social networks among rebel elites. I use a wide range of research methods in my work including structured comparative case studies, statistical analysis using original data, field interviews, and archival work.
As part of my research, I created the Rebel Governance Dataset (RGD) and co-created the Rebel Organization Leaders (ROLE) Database.
I teach courses on contemporary civil wars, statebuilding and state failure, and transnational security issues. I advise doctoral students in political science, military history, and political geography. For my teaching, I was honored to receive the 2019 AFS College-Level Distinguished Achievement Award at Texas A&M University.
Previously, I was a Zukerman Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and a Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace.
I currently serve as an Associate Editor of International Studies Quarterly.
I hold a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, an MPA from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a BA from Cornell University. I grew up in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Hong Kong, where the sounds, smells, and salty breezes from the harbor were never far.