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My research interests focus broadly on processes of rebel governance, civil war, state building, and institutional change.   My doctoral studies have been supported by a Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Writing Fellowship and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award.

I am a Ph.D. Candidate studying Political Science at Northwestern University.  My work focuses on Comparative Politics and International Relations and more specifically on processes of rebel governance, civil war, state building, and institutional change.  In particular, I am interested in how armed groups engage, disorganize, and reform the pre-existing political institutions of the states in which they emerge, and how rebel-brokered changes are adopted into the post-conflict political order.  I specialize in conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I have conducted twenty-six months of field research in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri District.  My project pairs sub-national study with cross-regional comparison.

Engaged scholarship in ...  In addition to research, I aim to professionally engage with African scholars and researchers when in the field.  I do so through teaching at local universities in Congo and by attending Africa-based conferences such as the APSA Africa Workshop.

I hold a Masters in Political Science from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Political Science from Wheaton College, where I am an alumna of the Human Needs and Global Resources program.  My doctoral research has been supported by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Interdisciplinary African studies.