I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University. I completed a PhD in Political Science at Stanford University (2013) and a BA in Biology from Appalachian State University (2005).

My research focuses on the ways in which identity and culture – defined by nationality, ethnicity, race, and gender – influence political behavior, and how political processes affect identity change, primarily in Africa and among the African diaspora.

I am a co-organizer of the Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) and an incoming co-editor of African Affairs.