I am an assistant professor of political science at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. My research is centered around the study of community responses to conflict and U.S. foreign policy in Africa’s Great Lakes region. I am currently finishing a book, tentatively entitled Substituting for the State, about evaluating the role of civil society organizations in providing health care and education in response to the Congolese state’s weakness in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri. I am also engaged in a new project on the effects of U.S. legislation designed to mitigate conflict in central Africa.
My research and teaching interests include qualitative methods, African politics and development, post-conflict state reconstruction, and piracy.
At Morehouse, I teach comparative politics, African politics, conflict and conflict resolution, and international organizations. I blog about African politics, development, and security at Texas in Africa and am a contributor to the Christian Science Monitor’s Africa Monitor blog and The Atlantic.
I am happy to connect with others who research or are interested in learning more about the Congo or state fragility. I also occasionally serve as an expert witness in asylum cases involving applicants from the eastern DRC. You can reach me via email here.