I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and will defend in Spring 2019. My research is motivated by an interest in ethnic and religious conflict. My regional expertise is Southeast Asia, primarily Indonesia, where I have conducted extensive fieldwork. My current book project, The Threat of Small Things: Patterns of Repression and Mobilization Against Micro-Sized Groups in Indonesia, asks why very small groups become targets of state repression and mobilization despite their economic and political insignificance. I am also pursuing a number of related projects that explore how informal networks and institutions shape political order and disorder; how display and public visibility shapes intergroup conflict; and qualitative methods.
My work has been published in Citizenship Studies and Southeast Asia Research. My research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Ontario Government, and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto.
Prior to graduate school, I worked for Mercy Corps on peacebuilding projects in Maluku, Indonesia and in the Sustainable Transportation Policy Office at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. When off duty, I enjoy a good mystery novel, travelling, and buying vast amounts of stationary.