Website_photo_1Welcome to my website! I’m a PhD candidate in comparative politics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests include political violence, contentious politics, political behavior, social movements, urban development, and public security. My dissertation, “Monopolies of Violence: Gang Governance in Rio de Janeiro” examines the nature of political authority and the variation in governing strategies of drug trafficking gangs in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.

Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I also attended Coe College in my hometown. I then received a Master’s in Science from University College Dublin in Nationalism and Ethno-Communal Conflict and spent a year in Israel as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

My research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council’s Drugs, Security and Democracy in Latin America and the International Dissertation Research Fellowships as well as the Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad.