Mike is an Assistant Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin, and was previously an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University. He is the ARC Team Leader for Conflict Mitigation. He received his PhD in Political Science in 2007 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research examines civil wars, ethnic conflict, and terrorism. He has published in the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and other journals.