I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. I study political behavior and the political economy of development in Africa with an emphasis on the relationship between ethnicity, voting, distributive politics and conflict processes.
Prior to joining App State in Fall 2022, I was an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Winthrop University.
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.
My work has been published or forthcoming in Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Modern African Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Africa Spectrum, the Extractive Industry and Society, and Habitat International among others, and my book manuscript titled Political Power and the Logic of Co-Ethnic Marginalization in Africa is under contract from Routledge.