I am an associate professor at the University of Rochester Department of Political Science.

I study conflict and ethnic identities. I've written books and articles about conflicts over migration and ethnic territorial autonomy public support for war, and war costs.

Currently, I am writing a global comparative study of nativism titled Strangers and Settlers: Migration and Conflict in a Nativist World. This book will be a combined treatment of political movements against international immigration and activism against internal population flows. A draft introductory chapter is available here (pdf).


Research by topic

Penedo, Brazil

Migration and sons of the soil politics

Nativism and Economic Integration Across the Developing World: Collision and Accommodation. With Rikhil Bhavnani. Cambridge University Press, 2018

Shared territory, regime alignment, and forced migration. With Karen Albert and Emily VanMeter. pdf

The effects of weather-induced migration on sons of the soil violence in India. With Rikhil Bhavnani. World Politics, 2015. pdf | data

Star Wars Celebration

Popular culture and politics

Who watches the MCU? Race, sex, and the role of on-screen diversity. pdf

National anthem protests and whites’ views of black NFL players. pdf

Recently for the Washington Post:

Great Wall, China

Ethnic territorial conflict

Rival Claims: Ethnic Violence and Territorial Autonomy under Indian Federalism.

University of Michigan Press, 2017

When does regional autonomy prevent separatist conflict? pdf

Opposition to ethnic territorial autonomy in the Indian parliament. Ethnopolitics, 2020. pdf | data.

Periphery versus periphery: The stakes of separatist war. Journal of Politics, 2015. pdf | data at JOP Dataverse

How governments shape the risk of civil violence: India's federal reorganization, 1950-56. American Journal of Political Science, 2014. pdf | data at AJPS Dataverse

Memphis, TN

Ethnic politics and economic welfare

How wide is the ethnic border? With Scott F. Abramson and Brendan Cooley. Available on request.

Fiscal federalism at work? Central responses to internal migration in India. With Rikhil Bhavnani. World Development, 2017. pdf | data

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Public support for war

Military losses and public support for domestic counterinsurgency. pdf

Culture clash or democratic peace? Results of a survey experiment on the effect of religious culture and regime type on foreign policy opinion formation. With Charlotte Lee. Foreign Policy Analysis, 2013. pdf | data

Plain of Jars, Laos

Conflict severity

The waning of war is real: A response to Gohdes and Price. With Nils Petter Gleditsch. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2013. pdf | data

Explaining the severity of civil wars. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2006. pdf | data

The declining risk of death in battle. With Bruce Russett and Nils Petter Gleditsch. International Studies Quarterly, 2006. pdf | data at ISQ Dataverse

Monitoring trends in global combat: A new dataset of battle deaths. With Nils Petter Gleditsch. European Journal of Population, 2005. pdf | data on PRIO website

Darjeeling, India

Northeast India

India’s stabilizing segment states. Ethnopolitics, 2014. pdf

The problem of political stability in Northeast India: Local ethnic autocracy and the rule of law. Asian Survey, 2009. pdf

Does counterinsurgency theory apply in Northeast India? India Review, 2007. pdf

Cape Coast, Ghana

Other research

Conflicts over shared rivers: Resource wars or fuzzy boundaries? With Nils Petter Gleditsch, Kathryn Furlong, Håvard Hegre, and Taylor Owen. Political Geography, 2006. pdf | data on PRIO website

From side show to centre stage: Civil conflict after the Cold War. Security Dialogue, 2004. pdf


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