I am a Ph.D. student of political science studying international relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have an M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in international studies and economics from Covenant College.

My research interests include peacekeeping, civil war violence, and civil conflict resolution. I study how and when peacekeepers successfully mitigate the use of force against civilians and the impact this has on conflict outcomes. Additionally, I examine how the quality of peacekeeping operations affects peacekeeper misconduct.

My current research projects include: whether peacekeeping operations are more successful in intervening in indiscriminate violence against civilians over collective violence; how the presence of NGOs mitigates peacekeeper misconduct through surveillance and norm setting; and how the announcement of a peacekeeping operation strategically impacts actions taken by belligerents.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at kellan@live.unc.edu.