I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  I study political psychology, intergroup conflict, observational learning, and international development, among other things.  Three of my current projects examine the effects of different conflict prevention programs in rural and urban areas of Nigeria and Niger.  I have collaborated with NGOs Equal Access International and Mercy Corps on academic and policy work throughout Africa.  My work with MercyCorps was featured in the article “Why Do We See So Many Things as ‘Us vs. Them’?” in the April 2018 issue of National Geographic.

My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and Evidence in Governance and Politics.  I received my AA from Grand Rapids Community College and my BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan.