I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Affairs and African Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and a Liu Institute Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. As a scholar-practitioner, my research and teaching bridge International Relations (IR) and Comparative Politics with specific interests in contentious politics, dynamics of war, gender and security, and field research ethics in Sub-Saharan Africa. I hold a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University (2013).
I am currently researching a new project on women’s agency in warfare. The project is a case study of female combatants in Namibia’s war of independence. My previous research which is now a book project “In the Shadow of Prison: Power, Identity, and Transitional Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda” focused on the social and political impacts of the power-laden nature of the Rwandan transitional justice (TJ) program.
I have conducted fieldwork in conflict-affected and countries, including Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Namibia. I have received several grants for my research, including from the Fulbright Scholar Program and the American Association of University Women.
In addition to my academic work, I have extensive experience with development and peace and security research agencies. I was the research team leader on a DfID funded project Strengthening the Leadership and Influence of Women in Politics in Kenya supported by UK Department for International Development. I have worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the United States Institute of Peace. Between 2014 and 2016 I was a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in the Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division, focusing on Africa’s Great Lakes Region.