My research investigates the complex interlinkages between disaster, conflict, and peace as overlapping social-environmental processes. My current work makes academic and applied contributions by collecting and synthesizing empirical evidence on the frontier of how disaster risk reduction projects are implemented in conflict-affected contexts and offering a novel conceptualization of transformative approaches to disaster risk reduction and peacebuilding. My work is impact-oriented, and it urges the international community to move beyond conventional approaches to address complex systems of risk. I publish in academic journals as well as international think tanks and international strategic documents such as the United Nations Global Assessment Report (GAR). I am a trained facilitator and mediator, and I lecture on social and environmental sustainability.
I received an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, DC (2013) and a second MA in International Development and Cooperation from Korea University in Seoul, South Korea (2013). During this time, I conducted field-based research in Nepal on the reintegration of former female child soldiers into civilian life. I received a BA in Psychology and Spanish Language (double major, summa cum laude) from Bradley University in Illinois (2008). I worked for six years in Washington, DC in the fields of international development, conflict resolution, education, and gender.