I am a PhD Candidate specializing in the field of Comparative Politics, and a Residential Fellow at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago. My general research interests include sexual and gender based violence, armed conflict, African politics, and feminist theory.

My dissertation asks (1) why is rape, in particular, used during armed conflict? and (2) what presumptions about gender and sexuality are necessary for rape to be efficacious during war? Focusing on three cases, the treatment of conflict-related rape – in international law; in public discourse; and in comparison to "ordinary" violence perpetrated during armed conflict – this project combines archival research, interviews, and ethnography to locate what it is about rape that makes it a useful form of violence during armed conflict.