I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. For the 2020-2021 academic year I am on leave as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, working at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.

I completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at Penn State with a major field in comparative politics (minors in methods and geography), and for the 2016-2017 academic year I was a Boren Fellow in Senegal.

My research focuses on political institutions in African democracies, with a particular emphasis on Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Francophone Africa. My book project examines government formation processes in African democracies, concentrating specifically on executive-legislative relations.

Graffiti, Senegal (2017)