I am the Research Director of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), the most comprehensive public collection of political violence data for developing states, offering weekly updates of real-time conflict data. ACLED data are used by academic researchers as well as policy makers and practitioners. Political violence and protest data are currently available for over 60 developing states in Africa and Asia, with an expansion underway to cover a number of states in the Middle East. Research and reports on conflict trends and dynamics are published regularly.
I am based in Madison, Wisconsin as an Honorary Fellow in the African Studies Program and the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin. There I am working on a project exploring the impact of political violence on women across the African continent and the gendered responses to political activism women face at the local to national scales.
I am a consultant at the World Bank where the majority of my work is with the Fragility, Conflict, and Violence CCSA. My work there explores the multidimensionality of crisis risk, conflict prediction, and how best to prevent fragility and violent conflict. I am also a consultant at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) exploring the nexus of development aid and violent conflict. Previously, I have been affiliated with a number of organizations and projects on matters surrounding conflict and development, including the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security at Georgetown University; the US Agency for International Development (USAID); the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas, Austin; and Amnesty International USA, among others.
I am a pro-bono faculty member at the University of the People -- a non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online university serving students around the world -- where I regularly teach a course on globalization and its impacts on citizenship, ethnic and religious issues, migration, public health, poverty, and wealth.
I hold a Ph.D. in Government and Politics, with a focus on international relations and quantitative methodology, from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed my post-doctoral work in Political Geography at the University of Sussex. You can download my CV here.