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. Two of my current projects examine conflict prevention programs in rural and urban areas of Nigeria, and the effect of foreign aid on violence in Africa.  I have collaborated with NGOs Equal Access International and MercyCorps on academic and policy work throughout Africa.

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.