My Ph.D. is from American University's School of International Service in international relations. My MA is in international policy, from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and my BA is from UC Berkeley in history and peace & conflict studies. Prior to Georgetown, I was an instructor of conflict analysis and international relations at American University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Brookings Institution.
My research is on the role of elections in post-conflict transitions, in particular the use of referendums in peace processes. At the intersection of comparative politics and international relations, I study the ways in which democratic decision-making can build-up or tear-down peace. Furthermore, my work looks at mechanisms that can help bridge the gap between peacemaking among warriors and peacebuilding among people.
I worked for several years in the civilian components of multilateral peace operations, most often in elections projects, including with refugee and expat communities. I worked with the United Nations, International Organization for Migration, and IFES in the US, Europe, Asia, MENA and sub-Saharan Africa.