Welcome to my website. I am a Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and a Predoctoral Fellow with the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University‘s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. I received my DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford, where I co-founded the Oxford Central Africa Forum.
One of my main research interests concerns state support for rebel groups. My International Security article on the Congo Wars argues that most rulers in post–Cold War Africa form alliances with rebel groups abroad to alleviate threats to their political survival at home. Building on this article, my ongoing book project investigates African leaders’ motives for sponsoring rebel groups since independence. My field research in the African Great Lakes region has also resulted in an African Affairs article on status competition between Rwanda and Uganda.
Another major research interest of mine is rebel group fragmentation. My International Studies Quarterly article explains how state sponsors foster either cohesion, fragmentation, or internal coups. While that article primarily asks why some groups split whereas others remain cohesive, my new project on “Varieties of Insurgent Fragmentation” examines how they split. The project is funded by the Carnegie Trust.