Dr. Elton Skendaj is a visiting assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Miami. His research focuses on how international and local actors can sustain peace and democracy in post-war societies. His book, Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the making of Ethical Institutions (Cornell University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2014) examines the role of international actors in building effective state bureaucracies and democratic institutions in post-war Kosovo. In addition to several book chapters, his articles are published or forthcoming in Global Governance, Problems of Postcommunism, and Journal of Peacebuilding & Development. Dr. Skendaj is also conducting research on Corruption and Anti-corruption reform in the Western Balkans, a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. He has also worked professionally with international organizations and civil society organizations in Europe and the US. Skendaj holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, and has had research fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars and the University of Notre Dame.