Fields: Comparative Politics; African and South Asian Politics
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Holy Cross. My current research examines the relationship between projected party lifespans and elites' incentives to instrumentalize election-related violence. I investigate this question in two developing democracies--Kenya and India--where I have conducted extensive fieldwork. Substantively, I am interested in the study of political parties, political violence, and ethnic politics in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. My research on these topics has appeared or is forthcoming in Human Rights Review, Human Rights Quarterly, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, Transitional Justice Review, and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. I have also conducted policy analysis for the World Bank and the United Nations.
I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University, my MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and my B.A. in Government and Economics from Franklin & Marshall College. Prior to coming to Holy Cross, I taught at California State University, San Marcos and served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Africana Research Center at Penn State University.
Introduction to Comparative Politics
South Asian Politics