I am an assistant professor of public policy at the Harris School of The University of Chicago. I leverage micro-level data to study the political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, and Thailand. My research on substate conflict largely focuses on rebel strategy, examining how rebel groups adopt new technologies of war in a dynamic environment. My work also unpacks how individuals respond to unexpected economic and climatic conditions, including projects on opium diseases and intelligence sharing, weather shocks and crime, and wildfires and interpersonal violence. My research is supported by the National Science Foundation, Niehaus Center for Global Governance, The Asia Foundation, and World Bank.
I am a Faculty Affiliate of the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Conflicts, the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and non-resident fellow of the Liechtenstein Institute. I am also a non-resident research associate of the Deep South Watch program in Thailand.
I received my B.A. in Government and Sociology and B.S. in Communication Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. Before attending graduate school, I was a Teach For America corps member in New Orleans, Louisiana.