I am Program Director for the Security & Preparedness program at the National Science Foundation and Professor of Political ScienceData Science, and Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
My research focuses on the causes of armed conflict and its consequences for civilians, and uses methods including survey and lab-in-the-field experiments, new observational datasets, and geospatial data.
I have written three books as well as peer-reviewed articles in outlets such as the Journal of PoliticsEmotion, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. This work has been recognized by the Experimental Research and Comparative Politics Sections of the American Political Science Association, and with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s First Citizens Medal. I also have written for more public-facing outlets, including the Washington PostParameters, and Political Violence at a Glance. 
I teach classes on international and comparative cooperation and conflict, research design, data science, and grant-writing.