I am a tenure-track assistant professor and Caplan Faculty Fellow in the Government Department of Cornell University.   

My research focuses on intra-state conflict, state building, security sector reform, gender, and peacekeeping.  I have two major sets of projects that relate to these themes.    My first book Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping (Oxford University Press, co-authored with Kyle Beardsley), winner of the Conflict Research Society Best Book Prize for 2017,  examines the role of gender in international peacekeeping. My second book explores failure in international security assistance programs, both unilateral and bilateral, in rebuilding the security forces of weak, post-conflict countries.  My research has been published in  International Organization, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, and International Peacekeeping.

I use quantitative and qualitative methods, including field experiments.  I have done extensive fieldwork in Liberia and Peru.  The National Science Foundation, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the International Growth Centre,  the British Research Council, and the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program have all funded my research.

I occasionally write for Huffington Post,  America’s Quarterly, and the Scholars Strategy Network.


email: smk349[at]cornell[dot]edu

regular mail: 214 White Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853

phone (office):607.255.3549

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