I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, but grew up in Accra, Ghana, and East Windsor, New Jersey. I went on to Juniata College where I earned a BA in Political Economy (2012, Cum Laude).  At Juniata College, I met my fiancee Meagan Schneiderman. While attending Juniata College, I studied abroad at the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah in Fes, Morocco. 

After graduating, I worked as a Fulbright Fellow in the Republic of Georgia and as a Research Associate at Abt Associates. At Abt, I studied human and drug trafficking.  In the fall of 2016, I began work on my Ph.D. in Political Science at Ohio State University. Under the mentorship of Skyler Cranmer, Hollie Nyseth Brehm, and Bear Braumoeller I have focused on political methodology and the application of quantitative methods to the study of political violence and conflict. At OSU, my projects have ranged from studying the effect of exogenous shocks on different network structures, motivations of suicide terrorists, difference between repeat and one time offenders during the Rwandan Genocide, and variation in the co-appearance network of news contributors on Fox News, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and CBS from 2000 to 2010.