I am originally from Shreveport, LA, and I received my PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2013. I study international human rights law, transitional justice, repression, civil war, and pragmatism. Abroad, I closely follow events in Sri Lanka and Kenya. At home, I think a good deal about gun deaths, mass incarceration, domestic abuse, and other symptoms of structural violence in the state of Louisiana. I am a former director and current consultant for the Transitional Justice Research Collaborative (TJRC), a group focused on collecting data and developing theory about human rights prosecutions, truth commissions, and other mechanisms of post-conflict justice. When I’m not working, I spend time crying over the New Orleans Saints, hucking frisbees, watching comedy, listening to Ween, and waiting for the next Mardi Gras.