I study social cohesion and social capital in the context of International Intervention efforts

Please find my CV here.

I use experiments and field research to study the mechanisms driving civilian support in insurgency, counter-insurgency, and development efforts. My ongoing research covers the Horn and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Nepal.  My work has been published in the AJPS, the ISQ and Defense and Peace Economics 

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science at New York University in 2020 and a MA in International Security at Georgetown University in 2011. I am also a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served in the Nepal Army (NA) for 14 years as a Combat Engineer Officer mostly constructing roads and bridges in rural Nepal.  During the Maoist Conflict, I switched to Bomb Disposal Operations which involved extensive operational work on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). I have served as a UN peacekeeper (blue helmet) on two occasions in the Congo (2003 & 2008). In 2009 I took voluntary retirement from the NA and worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East until 2020 for the UNDPKO, UNDP and the Danish Refugee Council, with extended periods in Eastern Chad, South Sudan, Gaza, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Iraq and Somalia.

Latest Work: If They Endorse It, I Can’t Trust It: How Out-Group Leader Endorsements Undercut Public Support for Civil War Peace Settlements,” American Journal of Political Science.