I am a comparative political scientist. My research is often interdisciplinary, grounded in political science but also drawing on sociological theory. My primary field expertise is in central Africa, principally Rwanda and to a lesser extent Burundi, the D.R.C., and Uganda. I also have some experience in south-east Asia, in particular the Philippines.
I have undertaken research in two main areas:
1. Inter-ethnic Conflict and Violence I have been interested in understanding how and why individuals come to participate in violence that follows ascriptive group boundaries and in connecting these micro-level explanatory factors to events, forces, and processes taking place at higher levels of abstraction. I have studied this question in relation to the Rwandan genocide where I have sought to synthesize research findings at the micro, meso, and macro levels into a theoretical whole.
2. Ethnic Inequality and Inter-ethnic Co-existence I am also interested in the converse question of how and why individuals, divided by violence along ascriptive group boundaries, come to co-exist and even co-operate across these lines. I have focused particularly on the role of socio-economic disparities between groups in shaping micro-social integration. I examined this question in the context of Muslim-Christian relations in Mindanao, the Philippines.