The goal of my research is to enhance understanding of the challenges to democratization efforts using rigorous tools of social science inquiry. I am particularly interested in these dynamics in post-conflict settings and weakly institutionalized democracies in sub-Saharan Africa. My work in these areas contributes to long-standing debates and connects literature in comparative politics and international relations to develop innovative theories tested with novel evidence drawn from a diverse array of original data. I employ a multi-method research strategy to test and generate empirical insights, combining interviews and participant observation with quantitative analysis of observational, experimental, and textual data.
In addition to my book project, my research focuses on three broad themes: the legacies of violence for citizens and local leaders; impediments to democratization that challenge civil society organizations, elected officials, and citizens; and improvements in the design of ethical and innovative political science projects in Africa. Please visit the links below to see my publications and working papers in each theme.