When people ask what I do, I tell them I'm a political scientist. When they ask if I want to be a politician, I ask them if they think oncologists want to be tumors. Often they look at me funny.
I am Associate Professor of political scienceand Research Foundation Professor at the University of Florida. I received my PhD in political science from the University of Washington in 2002. My current research and teaching focus on ethnic conflict and the politics of resource wealth. First, I am at work on a book exploring conflicts over ethnic self-determination: why do some ethnic minorities sustain ongoing rebellions for long periods of time while others fail to? This project explores ethnic mobilization in Aceh and Kurdistan as well as aggregate data on ethnic groups around the globe. Second, I continue to be interested in oil wealth and politics. I am working on several articles on this topic and have begun work on a second book on oil. My first book, Hard Times in the Lands of Plenty, was published in 2007 by Cornell University Press.
You can find information about my research at the link above left. My Google Scholar page is here. My SSRN page is here. My Dataverse is here. My academia.edu page ishere. I also have a new web resource for data on oil and natural gas around the world at oilgasdata.net. It will be up and running soon.