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I am a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I research political violence, mass atrocity, human rights, and Southeast Asian politics.
My dissertation project, Organizing the Revolutionary State: Governance and Mass Death in Democratic Kampuchea, focuses on governance during revolution in order to address famine deaths during the Cambodian Genocide. Through this study, I present a logic of revolutionary governance to explain the variation in policy implementation, as well as construct a set of social factors that act as buffers against famine. This project builds on original data from over a year of fieldwork in Cambodia. It addresses the establishment and effects of collectivization in the Cambodian context. In doing so, I break down the policies that made up collectivization into their social and economic elements. I find that the social components of collectivization, practices that undermined family and communal ties, decreased the likelihood of population survival.
My research has been supported by the Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program, as well as the Mellon-Wisconsin fellowship, and UW-Madison’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Division of International Studies.
Prior to my doctoral studies, I received an MA from the University of Chicago in International Relations, and a BA from Cornell University in Government and Asian Studies.
The photo above was generously shared with me by an interview subject in Battambang, Cambodia