I study conflict in both its violent and non-violent forms. In the domain of violent conflict, I focus on within-state phenomena (civil wars, revolutions, etc.). My research interests are both methodological and substantive. From a methodological perspective, I am interested in how changes in the underlying definition of "conflict" affect the comparability of cases and the compositions of data sets. From a substantive perspective, I am interested in the under-appreciated drivers of participant (and observer) behavior, particularly psychological variables.
"High Stakes and Low Bars: International Recognition of Governments during Civil Wars" (forthcoming in International Security, Summer 2018 issue)
other conflict interests
“The Paradox of Revolutions: How Can We Isolate the Causal Effects of Transformative Events?” (Working Paper with Kai Thaler, Harvard)