This blog is broadly about politics, conflict, intervention, activism, education, and history. I write about these things and more. I also read a lot. Some people just come here for the Weekend Reading, and that’s fine too. I study African politics and humanitarian intervention, and am interested in politics, social movements, and education more broadly.

You can find out more about my research here and see my CV here [pdf].

I am a PhD student at the George Washington University’s anthropology department. There I am studying conflict, intervention, development, and justice, among other things, and I am a teaching assistant in the department. My dissertation is tentatively on humanitarian intervention and inter-ethnic relations in the LRA conflict.

I recently completed an M.A. in African Studies at Yale University. My thesis was about radio’s role as a response to the LRA conflict in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo – specifically as a tool to encourage rebels to surrender and to warn civilians about rebel movements. I am currently working on expanding the thesis to discuss intervention in the LRA conflict. While at Yale, I was also a managing editor at the Yale Journal of International Affairs.

A native Arizonan, I tripled majored at Arizona State University in Secondary Education, History, and Global Studies (with a concentration in Violence, Conflict, and Human Rights) before moving eastward. I taught high school in both Arizona and Connecticut before joining GWU.

The usual caveat – all thoughts are my own – applies.

You can always contact me at Scootles7 AT gmail DOT com. I’d be glad to chat!

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