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 Research Director of the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI), and Co-Director (with Erica Chenoweth) of the 2017 IGLI Summer Institute.
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 armed conflict. My first book, War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina, will come out with Cambridge University Press in 2018. The book draws from over 260 interviews with women in Rwanda and Bosnia to investigate the impact of war 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 new 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 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.