About me

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University.  Prior to my current position I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow (2011-12) at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence (2010-11). Starting Fall of 2015, I will be Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Barnard College – Columbia University.

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).


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