About me

I like to discover what makes humanity tick. I have learned that it is the simple tidbits that make life lovely, amazing, chaotic and just plain random.

Professionally, I have a knack for life in the danger zone. I’ve dodged sniper fire and 122 mm artillery in Eastern Ukraine, delivered aid to displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees in Northern Iraq (Kurdistan), hunkered down during incoming missile warnings in Baghdad, navigated mud holes the size of Wisconsin in Liberia, and sipped frothy pints by a roaring peat fire in Western Ireland. I am again in Baghdad working as a Human Rights Officer for the UN.

I’ve worked with and collaborated on a myriad of projects with the UN African Union, ECOWAS, United States Institute for Peace, the Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Project,  UN Office of the Special Advisor, Genocide Prevention, the International Crisis Group (ICG), Swisspeace, Oxfam, the Stimson Center, Brookings, ACCORD, NUPI, The Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Center for Conflict Prevention at Columbia University, the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, OCHAUshahidi, among others.

I have contributed to a variety of publications, including a chapter on African Peacekeeping in Peacekeeping & Atrocity Prevention (Springer Press 2015). Several new pieces forthcoming, which can be found on my publications page.

Research interests include: asymmetric warfare, peacekeeping, COIN, armed conflict,, armed non-state actors, the protection of civilians, crisis mapping, military ethics and political theory. 

Personally, I am keen to explore what’s over the next hill and love capturing humanity through photography. Whether I’m gossiping with Ukrainian Babushkas, dodging rickshaws in India, wandering the Souks of Marrakech or haggling in the Istanbul’s bazaars, I am happiest when traveling.

I appreciate all things analog; hand written letters, antiquarian bookstores, Super 8 film, Film Noir, gothic fiction, and B/W photography.

I’m curious, adventurous, compassionate, nomadic, unconventional and often-quirky.

I can also be found on Academia.edu and Medium

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