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I am an assistant professor at Georgetown University in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where I am a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program.

My research examines various forms of political violence (including communal violence and civil wars), the political economy of development, and politically-affiliated gangs. The geographic focus of my research is primarily in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, where I have conducted extensive fieldwork.

Prior to my appointment at Georgetown, I was an assistant professor of political science at UC Riverside and a fellow at Yale University in the Order, Conflict, and Violence Program. I have been a consultant for the World Bank and United Nations Development Program and have worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

I received a Ph.D. (2009) and MPA in International Development (2003) from Harvard University and a B.A. in physics from Swarthmore College (1999).