I am an assistant professor of Government at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. 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, Substituting for the State, about the role non-state actors play in governing the eastern DRC 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 and in 2014, I am leading an impact evaluation of a large community-based reconstruction (CBD) governance intervention in four Congolese provinces.

My research and teaching interests include qualitative and mixed methods, African politics and development, and post-conflict state reconstruction. I have also worked with the World Bank in Nigeria on efforts to improve the national primary health care system through evaluating the implementation of a results-based finance system, with particular attention to reducing instances of maternal, infant, and child mortality by removing demand-side barriers to system access.

At Colby, I teach African politics, conflict, and research methods. I blog about African politics, development, and security at Texas in Africa and am a contributor to the Duck of Minerva, the Christian Science Monitor’s Africa Monitor blog, and The

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.