I’m an associate professor in the department of political science at the University of Amsterdam and the director of the Amsterdam Center for Conflict Studies. I also founded & convene the Amsterdam Conflict Research Network (ACoRN), a monthly seminar with colleagues from across the Netherlands.

In my research, I use comparative methods to study civil wars, displacement, state building, and peace building, primarily in Colombia. My book, Democracy and Displacement in Colombia's Civil War, traces the impact of democratic reforms on the forms of violence armed actors used in the Colombian civil war, especially political cleansing.