Welcome to my personal webpage! My research is focused on politics after civil war, in particular political parties, post-war governance, democracy, and state building. I am the founder of the international research network: Politics After War Network (PAW-scholars). Click here to see the PAW-introductory video!
I am Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. From 2015-2019, I was a Marie Curie Fellow and Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, and before that Assistant Professor in comparative politics at the University of Bergen, Norway. My most recent project, Post-Conflict Political Parties (funded by the European Commission and the Research Council of Norway) focused on war-to-democracy transitions through the lens of rebel group successor parties, drawing on cross-regional comparisons of such political parties in Asia and the Balkans. In my current research at the University of York, I continue to focus on the broader questions of how civil wars impact on political party development, how rebel group successor parties govern after war, and how political parties shape the post-war political order – in particular state-building and the functioning of democracy.
At the University of York, I currently teach the courses Democracy, Autocracy and the State, War and Peace and also give a few lectures in the 1st year undergraduate module Introduction to Democratic Politics.
I also write and publish on Indonesian and Sri Lankan politics on themes related to democratisation, sustainability, development, and conflict resolution. Check out my ongoing and past projects from the menu above. You can find my publications and preprints here.