I am an assistant professor in the Department of International Studies at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington.
I received my PhD from the Université Paris 1 Sorbonne in Contemporary History in 2013, after a master’s degree in Political Science from the Institut d’Études Politiques/Sciences Po Lille and a pre-doctoral Fulbright fellowship at UC Berkeley. Before joining Indiana University, I spent two years as a global post-doctoral fellow at NYU Shanghai.
My research concerns primarily South Sudan and issues of violence, sexual violence, economic predation and military history, all from a gender perspective. Due to the evolution of the current conflict in South Sudan (2013- present), I have also become interested in genocidal processes and violence.
I am a historian of the present, but I am often mistaken for a political scientist by historians, and for an anthropologist by political scientists. My work is inter-disciplinary and my methodology mostly qualitative. A lot of my findings come from a decade’s worth of ethnographic field work carried out primarily in South Sudan, and in the Horn/East Africa region. I have lived in South Sudan for extended periods of time.
I have also worked for a number of international organizations.
In my spare time, I paint and make prints to make sense of what people shared with me.