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Postdoctoral Scholar at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  • About

    My research focuses on two areas: the social consequences of armed conflict and disasters and the causes and consequences of migration.  As a sociologist, I am interested in these topics as key mechanisms of social change.  Furthermore, as drastic and immediate events they provide a unique window into how individuals, families, and communities cope with and respond to social change in general.  With my research on armed conflict and disasters, the primary questions that I seek to address are: how do individuals experience, perceive, and respond to such disasters?  And, how do individual, family, and community circumstances moderate their experience, perceptions, and responses?  With funding from an NIH K99 grant, I am beginning a project that will use agent-based models to investigate how systematic behavioral changes during armed conflict impact macro-level social and demographic change in the short- and long-term.  My research on migration focuses on how changing contexts affect the causes of migration and how migrants’ values, behaviors and intentions change with time spent at destinations.  In addition to the theoretical advances of my work, I also seek to develop new methodological and analytical tools for the study of these complex social processes.  These include using agent-based modeling for the investigation of armed conflict and disasters and developing longitudinal panel studies of migrants using multiplicity sampling techniques.  

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2009
    • B.Sc., University of Puget Sound, 1998
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Social Demography, Armed Conflict and Disasters, Migration, Mental and Physical Health, Data Collection and Research Design
  • Dissertation
    • Title: “Living with Conflict: The Effect of Community Organizations, Economic Assets, and Mass Media Consumption on Migration during Armed Conflict.” William Axinn, Chair