Hello. I am a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Political Science. I study comparative politics, focusing on Africa. I am interested in the institutional mechanisms of enforcing order and organizing violence in peripheral regions of weak states. I have conducted research in Cameroon and Chad.

I am a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a research associate at the Center on the Politics of Development, a research fellow at the Center for African Studies, and a visiting scholar at the Université Adam Barka d’Abéché in Chad. My research is also supported by the National Science Foundation.

The photo shows an interview with former Chef de Canton Harun Abdoulaye in Guéréda, Chad in March 2016.

I can almost always be reached at pthissen <at> berkeley <dot> edu.