I am an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where I am affiliated with the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. I am also the Co-Director (with Erica Chenoweth) of the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI).
I am a political sociologist with a focus on mass violence, gender, politics, and development. My current research agenda examines the political and social consequences of armed conflict. My first book, War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Cambridge University Press 2018), draws from over 260 interviews with women in Rwanda and Bosnia to investigate the impact of violence on women's political mobilization. I define "politics" broadly, seeing women's participation in community organizations and in public spaces as an extension of their political agency. In the project I integrate a feminist, gender-focused perspective into historical institutionalist research on the long-term social and political consequences of war.
I am currently conducting research on women's contributions to peacebuilding in Bosnia and Nepal, and am also part of an ongoing collaboration to investigate the political logic behind developmental states in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative, I am the PI on a project to measure the micro-dynamics of women's mobilization in episodes of contentious politics across the globe. With a team of researchers at the Rift Valley Institute, I am also engaged in project on strengthening the leadership and influence of women in Kenya's politics. My work has been published in places like Democratization, Gender & Society, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, New Political Economy, Mobilization, Politics & Gender, Foreign Policy, The Society Pages, and Political Violence @ A Glance. I completed my Ph.D. in sociology at UCLA in June 2015.