"Between Two Fires: Civilian Resistance during Internal Armed Conflict in Peru"

Dissertation Committee: Jonathan Mercer (chair), Elizabeth Kier, José Antonio Lucero, and María Elena García

Recipient of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) 2017 award for Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Field of Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies


  • Political violence
  • Terrorism
  • Torture
  • Human Rights
  • Narratives
  • Identity and norms
  • Institutions
  • Migration
  • Social psychology
  • Social network analysis
  • Collective action
  • Common-pool resources


Working papers and book chapters

  • "Contested Visions of US Border Security"
  • “Ideological Frames, Identity, and Militant Group Networks in Iraq” (with Michael Gabbay and Zane Kelly, UW Applied Physics Laboratory) 
  • “The Past, Present, and Future of Civilian Self-Defense in Peru”
  • “Terrorist Network Evolution: Jemaah Islamiyah and the Bali Bombings” (with Zane Kelly, UW Applied Physics Laboratory) 
  • “Encounters with a Kinder, Gentler Authority: Nonlethal State Repression during Nonviolent Campaigns"


  •  Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington (2010-2014)

o   Research assistance for two projects: 1) network analysis and terrorist decision-making and 2) militant group cooperation and violence in Iraq

  • Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP), Lima, Peru (2011-2013)

o   Research affiliate during dissertation research

  • Global Transnational Terrorism Initiative (2008-2009)

o   Research, analysis, and translation for the project, “Small Group Dynamics in the Evolution of Global Network Terrorism: A Comprehensive, People-Based Approach”

  • San Diego State University (2007)

o   Research assistance for the NSF project, “Migration and Ethnoreligious Hate Crime in the Russian Federation”