Welcome! My name is Rana (pronounced renə, like Renaissance). I am a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. In 2021-22, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.
I study comparative and international politics, with a focus on contention, displacement, conflict, and humanitarianism in the Middle East. My dissertation explains the relationship between international aid and civilian activism across the Syrian warscape. My process tracing analysis derives evidence from immersion, interviews, and original datasets.
I earned an M.A. in Arab studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in political science from American University. I have lived as far afield as Syria and Singapore, but Ohio—where I conducted the research for my book—is the place I call home. As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation, tells the stories of average Americans living in a moment of record income inequality and declining standards of living. Published by Kent State University Press in May 2016, it received a national Independent Publishers Book Award in Current Events in 2017.