I'm a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Maryland. My research is at the intersection of Comparative Politics and International Relations, and I focus on ethnic politics, civil war, and non-violence.
In my dissertation, "Choosing peace over war: Ethnic competition and ethnic nonviolent and violent strategies," I examine the effect of competition within ethnic groups on the nonviolent and violent strategies that ethnic minority organizations use in their claims against the state. Previous studies have failed to consider that ethnic groups that control the government (i.e., dominant ethnic groups) are often just as fragmented as ethnic groups that are not in power (i.e., non-dominant groups), and therefore, are just as likely to be affected by fragmentation dynamics. For this reason, prior studies fail to account for how fragmentation within both dominant and non-dominant ethnic groups changes their strategic interactions. To address this gap, I develop a theory that accounts for how competition impacts the nonviolent and violent strategies of ethnic minority organizations.
The dissertation includes an original cross-national database on political and militant organizations in dominant and non-dominant ethnic groups, as well as case study data collected through field work in Sri Lanka. The case study includes a database of roll call voting in the Sri Lankan parliament that captures the effect of competition, as well as elite interviews.
I'm also interested in how fragmentation within ethnic groups that do and do not control the government affects the identities and mobilization strategies of political and militant organizations.
My research has been funded by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).
I work as the project coordinator of the All Minorities and Risk (AMAR) Project, which is housed at the University of Maryland's Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM).