I arrived in Bloomington in 2007 after receiving my B.A. in Sociology and Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Since arriving at IUB, my research interests have concentrated on political sociology, stratification and economic development. My Master’s thesis is a cross-national examination of the impact of national context and individual perceptions of relative political and economic position on openness to the use of political violence in Sub-Saharan Africa. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, reading, playing guitar, and going to local music events.