About Me

I’m an Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, where I teach courses in Comparative Politics and International Relations. My research broadly focuses on issues related to conflict and security, with emphases on forced migration, armed conflict dynamics, violence against civilians, and intercommunal conflict.

My current projects investigate how group-level traits affect rebels’ propensity to target areas where refugees reside and the conditions under which refugee presence shapes the security perceptions of host populations. From 2020-2023, I am an external associate at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).