I am an Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM) at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. I joined CICAM in April 2013 after obtaining my PhD in political science from Northwestern University and Sciences Po Paris.
My research focuses on the emergence of political order and governance in conflict environments. It engages scholarship on violence and state formation and explores the nature of alternative power structures in civil war. My first book, Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State Building in Afghanistan, came out with Cornell University Press in December 2019. My most recent work has been published in Security Studies, Perspectives on Politics, Civil Wars, Small Wars & Insurgencies, and Etudes Internationales, and featured on blogs such as Political Violence at a Glance, The Conversation, and The Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage.