I'm an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. From 2022 - 2024, I will be a postdoctoral fellow with the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2021. My research interests include political violence and post-conflict politics, transitional justice, and human rights. I am also interested in combining formal theory with a variety of qualitative and quantitative empirical approaches.
In one stream of my research, I ask if the international community, especially criminal courts and tribunals, can push the parties responsible for human rights abuses committed during conflict to hold themselves accountable for the crimes they’ve committed. How might threats from institutions like the International Criminal Court impact on-the-ground negotiations about justice and accountability? In a second stream of research, I ask how the promises and pitfalls of accountability can shape transitions from dictatorship to democracy. Do transitional justice mechanisms help or hurt new democracies? When does transitional justice support further democratization, and when can it contribute to democratic erosion? Does transitional justice in non-transitional contexts — like the push for racial justice in the United States — face the same kinds of challenges as in new democracies?