Welcome to my website! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science and a Graduate Fellow of the Buffett Institute at Northwestern University. I study comparative politics, with a focus on conflict, contention, displacement, and humanitarianism in the Middle East. My dissertation research seeks to explain the relationship between aid and activism across the Syrian warscape. My process tracing analysis derives evidence from immersion, interviews, and original quantitative datasets.
I earned an MA in Arab studies from Georgetown University and a BA 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.