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I am a PhD candidate in Yale University's Political Science Department and a 2020-2021 United States Institute for Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellow. I am also a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Global Impact and a Senior Associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) Africa Program.

In 2015, I graduated with an MA in International Economics and African Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS.  My research is at the intersection of security, gender, and governance, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. I have conducted field work in Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, and Ethiopia. My work has been published in International Security, Security Studies, Stability, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and African Studies Review.

I have previously worked as a research analyst for the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), the National Defense University, and the Institute for Defense Analyses. As a freelance journalist, I have been published by Newsweek, IRIN, and Foreign Affairs, among others. My first book, Women and the War on Boko Haram, was published in 2017 with Zed Publishers. 


 In 2020, I launched a podcast, "Say More on That," where academics talk about their policy relevant research. You can listen and subscribe here.