Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
School of International Service
• Ph.D. in Applied Legal, Political and Environmental Anthropology (Programs on Forced Migration and Gender & International Development). University of Florida, FL. • Master of Law (LLM) in International Human Rights Law. University of Essex, UK. • Master of Arts (MA) in Development & Conservation/Anthropology/Area Studies. University of Florida, FL. • Graduate Certificate in Forced Migration. University of Oxford, UK. • Graduate Certificate in Gender and International Development. University of Florida, FL.
I am an applied legal and political anthropologist and human rights scholar and practitioner currently based at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (Affiliate Faculty and Senior Fellow), and American University’s School of International Service (Senior Professorial Lecturer). Previous academic appointments include the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict and the American University in Cairo, Egypt. My research considers the link between threats to peace and security and the politics of forced displacement, peacebuilding and reconciliation with a focus on youth and gender dynamics.
I have worked in 19 fragile, conflict-affected, and transitional countries of Africa, Europe, the MENA region and Latin America. My longitudinal project in South Sudan involves almost 15 years of ongoing fieldwork with South Sudanese communities in their homeland, as well as in the diaspora (i.e. Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, the UK and the US). My research has resulted in numerous publications including five books and over 40 book chapters and journal articles.