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 asks: what explains trajectories of activism in the context of civil war? Through immersive fieldwork, I have found Syrians civilly engaged in a wide range of activities, in refuge and rebel-held territory, throughout the conflict. To understand activists’ persistence against the odds of violence and displacement, I consider the sometimes paradoxical impacts of international assistance. My process tracing within-case analysis of the Syrian conflict derives evidence from ethnography, 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. Learn more about As Ohio Goes by scrolling over the menu above.