I am an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia
. During the 2015-16 academic year, I am on sesquicentennial leave, as a Research Fellow in the International Security Program and the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
My research agenda, on the conduct of civil wars, includes an empirical focus on the Middle East, but addresses questions about civil wars as a general matter, and draws on comparisons across diverse countries. My core research projects study the interaction between civil war belligerents at three levels of analysis: duration and termination as macro-level results of the interaction between the warring parties; warfighting choices, focusing on alliance behavior and the operational goals of fighting, both meso-level behaviors; and, at the micro-level, the behavioral determinants of individual actions in situations of group conflict.