I am currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL. My three areas of expertise are: comparative politics, international relations, and peace studies, with a regional focus in Sub-Saharan Africa. Within these fields, my research explores challenges related to strategic peacebuilding, gender and politics, and the role of legal pluralism in contemporary democracies.

My work has appeared in World Development, Journal of International Peacekeeping, and Regional Environmental Change. Funding for my research has come from USAID, Fulbright, Boren, Catholic Relief Services, and several internal sources at both the University of Louisville and the University of Notre Dame.  

In 2019 I completed the dual-PhD program in Peace Studies & Political Science at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. I hold an MA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame (2016); an MA in Political Science from the University of Louisville (2014); and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Louisville (2011).

Aside from research and teaching, I also have over six years of experience as a professional Grants & Fellowships Consultant, including two years spent working in this field full-time. I have worked with undergraduate and graduate students from a range of disciplines--biomedical engineering to social anthropology to medieval history--in their pursuit of prestigious national and international awards including: Fulbright, Boren, NSF-GRFP, Truman, Rhodes, CLS, U.S.-U.K. Summer Fulbright, Goldwater, and SSRC-IDRF (to name a few). I am always willing to offer editorial services to any interested students and/or faculty in their pursuit of winning prestigious awards.   


Peace studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that draws on political science, sociology, history, anthropology, theology, psychology, philosophy, and other fields to:

1. understand the causes of armed conflict;
2. develop ways to prevent and resolve war, genocide, terrorism, gross violations of human rights; and
3. build peaceful and just systems and societies.
— Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies