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, state-building, and strategies of rebellion, with a particular focus on rebel governance and rebel diplomacy.
My first book, The Wartime Origins of Democratization: Civil War, Rebel Governance, and Political Regimes (Cambridge University Press 2016), 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 projects focus on rebel diplomacy, the rebel lobby, religion and political violence, and transnational social networks among rebel elites. I use a range of methods in my research including statistical analysis using original cross-national data, structured comparative case studies, field interviews, and archival work.
I teach courses on contemporary civil wars, statebuilding and state failure, and transnational security. 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 Woodrow Wilson School 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.