I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University . Prior to becoming a professor I was a post-doctoral fellow (2011-12) at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
I received my B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Human Rights (1999) from what was then known as Friends World College and is today called Global College of Long Island University. During my undergraduate years I was fortunate to travel and study in Central America, East Africa, and the Middle East. This was a transformative period in my life, during which I had unforgettable experiences and met amazing people working at the front lines of development, social justice and peace that continue to shape my professional career today. Following college I obtained an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Miami (2003) and then a Ph.D in political science from Brown University (2011).