I am an Assistant Professor at American University (AU)’s School of International Service (SIS). I am a member of the SIS Ph.D. program committee and teach courses at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels. Since April 2010, I have also been serving as one of three Directors of the Development Geographies Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.
I graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc (Distinction, Best Performance Prize) in Development Management in 2003 and a PhD in Development Studies in 2008. My doctoral supervisor was Professor Jo Beall, who has since moved on to an executive position at the British Council. My examiners were Professor Jonathan Goodhand (Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies) and Professor Jennifer Robinson (Department of Geography, University College London).
During my graduate studies I was a pre-doctoral Research Fellow in the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at MIT and a Fellow of the Carlo Schmid Program. I also received very generous support from the German National Academic Foundation (grant for top 1% of German doctoral students), the German Academic Exchange Service (doctoral stipend and one-year grant for graduate school fees in the United Kingdom), the British Economic and Social Research Council (+3 Award for doctoral studies), the Mellon-MIT Program on NGOs and Forced Migration (field research grant), and the LSE Graduate School (Graduate Merit Award). I have since been a Fellow of the Social Science Research Council’s Program on Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) in 2012 and a Resident at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in 2013.
Prior to graduate school I read Business Administration, Economics and International Security at the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario, London, Canada), the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in Germany, and I obtained a certificate in Conflict Mediation from Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation.
A current curriculum vitae can be downloaded here: