I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. As a scholar-practitioner, my research and teaching focus on gender, African politics and security, political violence, and field research ethics in conflict-affected societies. I hold a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University (2013).
I am currently researching a new project on political protests in Africa and concluding a project on women’s agency in non-state armed groups. 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 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 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.