About Me

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Research Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. My research examines the relationship between terrorism, domestic security sector actors, counterterrorism/counterinsurgency, the public, and civil conflict. The three streams of my research address the following questions or themes: (1) How can we improve public confidence in domestic security forces in states affected by insurgent-terrorist violence and prolonged civil conflict?; (2) What impact do foreign fighters have on conflict violence and local insurgent-terrorist groups operations?; (3) What impact does the continued expansion of the private security industry across sub-Saharan Africa have on domestic security sector responses to terrorism?

I received my PhD in Justice, Law and Criminology from the American University (AU) in Washington D.C. (2020), my MA in Intelligence and International Security from King's College London (2015), and my BA in International Relations from the United States International University - Africa (2014).

NOTE: As you may have surmised, my research has little to do with animals. I just really love elephants and the occasional lion.

Contact Information:


University of Alabama
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
432 Lake Sarah Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401