In August 2019 I will start in my new position as an Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL. In May 2019 I completed the dual-PhD program in Peace Studies & Political Science at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.

My three areas of expertise are comparative politics, international relations, and peace studies with a regional focus in Sub-Saharan Africa. 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.  

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.   

Graduation day at the University of Notre Dame with my family (May 2019)

Graduation day at the University of Notre Dame with my family (May 2019)

Research Interests

Comparative Politics: African politics, gender and politics

International Relations: international development, international security, climate change/environmental politics

Peace Studies: strategic peacebuilding, human security

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