I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
I research civil and international conflict, protest, terrorism, and state repression. I also research cooperation, signaling and its role in cyber conflict.
I completed my Ph.D. work at Columbia University. My dissertation, The Bomber Who Calls Ahead, examines signaling and casualty aversion in insurgency and terrorism. Based on interviews and statistical evidence, I show why certain militant groups give pre-attack warnings. I identify specific features of militants' support bases, which cause groups to warn bystanders away from bombings, and to employ other casualty averse tactics.
I have conducted fieldwork in Northern Ireland, Spain, Sri Lanka and Peru, interviewing members of the Irish Republican Army, ETA, the Tamil Tigers, Shining Path, and the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement.
My research has been supported by the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Earth Institute, and the Global Public Policy Network.
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