I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Winthrop University. My main area of research is the political economy of development in Africa with an emphasis on the relationship between ethnicity, voting, distributive politics and conflict processes. My recent work has been published or forthcoming in Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Africa Spectrum and Habitat International among others, and my book manuscript titled Persistent Loyalty: Political Power and the Logic of Co-Ethnic Marginalization in Africa is under contract from Routledge.
Prior to joining Winthrop University, I was an adjunct faculty at Northern Illinois University, Dominican University and the University of Rochester, a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods (QuanTM) at Emory University, and a Temporary Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Georgia.
I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester in Fall 2014. I also hold a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, an MA in Economics from Seoul National University, and a BA (First Class Honours) in Economics from the University of Calgary.