Having witnessed first hand civil wars and their consequences, my biggest substantive interest is International Interventions, with a focus on Peacekeeping both Blue and Green Helmets. My primary methodological interest is testing the mechanism that win civilian support in international interventions. My scholarly work has been published in the ISQ and Defense and Peace Economics. I have also done policy work which has been published by the UN and the Danish Refugee Council.
For my job market paper, using a pair-wise RCT design, I experimentally test whether non-military means, such as employment for youths to act as district ambassadors for an extended period (four years) in support of the the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), help to win civilian support. Much of my ongoing research is on the challenges of establishing peace and covers Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Nepal
For the next two years my work will focus on the insurgency and the international intervention efforts in Somalia. Since the summer of 2017, I am based in Mogadishu conducting field work for a number of research projects, including the two chapters of my dissertation. I also advise the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) Somalia on methodologies to measure the Sustainable Development Goal 16.3. I am also a Graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and have a M.A. in International Security from the S.F.S. at Georgetown University.