I am Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. My research interests focus on international relations theory, foreign policy, China-Africa relations, and African studies. 

I received a Ph.D. and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Florida. At Wake Forest, I teach courses on the Politics of International Development, China-Africa, and African studies. I have recently joined the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China network as an executive board member.

My research was featured and/or quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times, Voice of America, Sputnik International , Mail & Guardian, The DiplomatThe New Republic, SupChinaThe Strait Times, China-Africa Project Podcast, Sup China, etc.as well as in Africa is a Country where I am a Contributing Editor!