CV and Publications

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When Soldiers Rebel: Ethnic Armies and Political Instability in Africa. In press with Cambridge UP (expected 2018).

Peer Reviewed Articles:

Forthcoming. “Measuring the Landscape of Civil War: Evaluating Geographic Coding Decisions with Data from the Mau Mau Rebellion” Journal of Peace Research. (with Rex Douglass)

2017. “Military Loyalty and the Failure of Democratization in Africa: How Ethnic Armies Shape the Capacity of Presidents to Defy Term Limits.”  Democratization 24(5): 801-818. [Online Appendix].

2016. “The Ethnic Army and the State: Explaining Coup Traps and the Difficulties of Democratization in Africa.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 60(4): 587-616. [Online Appendix, decolonization_data, democratization_data, Rcode available on request].

  • Winner of the 2017 African Politics Conference Group (APCG) Best Article Award

2015. “US Security Assistance in Africa: The Case for More.” Parameters 45(2): 13-24.

2015. “Military Maladaptation: Counterinsurgency and the Politics of Failure.” Journal of Strategic Studies 38(6): 777-800. (with Michael Hunzeker)

2014. “The Strategy Project: Teaching Strategic Thinking through Crisis Simulation.” PS: Political Science & Politics 47(2): 513-17. (with Michael Hunzeker)

Book Reviews:

2014. “Is Vision Enough? Review: Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities by Robert I. Rotberg (Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press).” Review of Politics 76(3): 525-527.

2013. “Review: The Soldier and the Changing State: Building Democratic Armies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas by Zoltan Barany (Princeton: Princeton University Press).”  Political Science Quarterly 128(3): 572-574.


2017 (November 22). “Without Mugabe, Is Democracy Coming to Zimbabwe? Probably Not.” Monkey Cage. At

2016 (October 9). “To Promote Stability and Democracy in Africa Focus on Its Militaries.” Lawfare. At

Working Papers:

  • “The Role of Ethnicity in African Militaries: Generating New Data on Ethnic Stacking Practices”
  • “Learning (and Failing to Learn) from Failure” (with Michael Hunzeker)
  • “The Costs of Silence: Collective Punishment and Intelligence Extortion during the Kenya Emergency” (with Rex Douglass)
  • “Logics of Brutality: An Analytical Framework for Comparing COIN Tactical Effectiveness Across Contexts”
  • “Barriers to Peace: Ethnic War and the Paradox of Rebel-Military Integration”