I am an Associate Professor (effective August 2016) in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. I received a Ph.D. (2010) in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a B.A. (2001) in History and Human Rights Studies from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. My research broadly focuses on political violence, conflict processes, and human rights, and I teach courses on insurgency and terrorism, gender and conflict, human rights, and international politics.
My current research projects investigate the causes and implications of women’s participation in armed resistance movements, the influence of female representation in national legislatures on peace durability and conflict resolution, and the influence of development and other forms of foreign aid on patterns of violence during civil conflicts.
I am co-creator of the Women in Armed Rebellion Dataset (WARD). This novel dataset includes information on the prevalence of female combatants in some 200 rebel movements active between 1979 and 2009 as well as other information on women’s participation in organized violent rebellions. I also co-manage the Political Terror Scale (PTS), which is an annually updated index of state violations of physical integrity rights.