I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at The Ohio State UniversityMy research interests are primarily in the field of comparative politics, and include the micro-foundations of nationalism and ethnicity, the political psychology of group identities, and the role of group identity in cooperation, collective action, and conflict. My primary region of interest is Sub-Saharan Africa, and I have conducted research in Malawi, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia. I employ a variety of methods in my research, including original survey data collection, field experiments, lab in the field experiments, and GIS analyses.

Before joining OSU in 2013, I completed a PhD in Political Science at Stanford University (2013) and a BA in Biology from Appalachian State University (2005).