I'm Rob (I use he/him pronouns). More than anything I try to live a feminist and anti-racist life. This lies at the heart of my approach to research and teaching. I'm a research fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. My research at GIWPS spans the gendered impacts on operational effectiveness in UN peacekeeping operations, the intersection of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and International Humanitarian Law, masculinities in peacebuilding, and addressing conflict-related sexual violence.
My research places gendered violence at the center of studying conflict. My research is published in International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Electoral Studies, and Security Studies. With my friend and co-author Austin C. Doctor, I have won the International Studies Association 2020 Dina Zinnes Award. This paper is published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and available here. I also won the Conflict Research Society's 2019 Cedric Smith Prize for the best graduate student paper in peace and conflict studies. This paper is published at International Studies Quarterly.
I am the journal manager of International Peacekeeping and the strategic director for the Conflict Research Society, a research affiliate for the WomanStats Project, and a member of the Consultative Group of the Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC) project.
Besides my work, I'm passionate about cats, dogs, Liverpool FC, the Red Sox (and thanks to Austin also the Nats), the Celtics, and triathlons (I'm a member of the Speed Sherpa team and the Wyn Republic Racing Team).