I am an expert in war, peace, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. I currently work as a Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies, at Barnard College, Columbia University (USA).
I have written two award-winning books and a series of articles. My latest book, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines how everyday practices, habits, and narratives influence the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions on the ground. My previous book, The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding (Cambridge University Press, 2010), focuses on local violence and international intervention in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am currently researching a new project that examines successful international contributions to local and bottom-up peacebuilding.
Before becoming an academic, I worked for humanitarian and development agencies in Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua and India. I hold a post-doctorate from Yale University (2007), a Ph.D. in political science from New York University (2006), and master’s degrees in international relations and political science from Columbia University (2000) and Sciences Po (France, 1999).