About / CV

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I am a PhD candidate in political science at Northwestern University. I earned an MA in Arab studies from Georgetown University and BA in political science from American University. I have received writing awards from Northwestern and Georgetown, and research support from the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, the Council for American Overseas Research Centers, the ZEIT-Stiftung Foundation, and the Kellogg School of Management and the Buffett Institute at Northwestern 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.

Selected Publications

As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation. Kent: Kent State University Press, 2016.

“Sweet Tea and Cigarettes: A Taste of Refugee Life in Jordan.” Forced Migration Review 49: 93-94. May 2015. Link here.

“Western Sahara and Palestine: A Comparative Study of Colonialisms, Occupations, and Nationalisms. New Middle Eastern Studies 1, 2011. Link here.

Book Reviews

Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt by Tarek Masoud.”  Arab Studies Journal 24 (1):335-339, 2016.

Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile by Diana Allan.” Journal of Refugee Studies 27(2): 305-307, 2014.


“Trajectories of Activism among Syrian Refugees.” In Refugees and Migration Movements in the Middle East. POMEPS Studies 25. Project on Middle East Political Science. March 2017. Link here.

“Finding Home in War: The history—and limitations—of the international refugee regime.” Lapham’s Quarterly “Roundtable.” 25 January 2017. Link here.

“Refugees’ Contentious Politics and the Case of Syrian Activists in Jordan.” In The Long-term Challenges of Forced Migration: Perspectives from Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. LSE Middle East Centre Collected Papers 6: pp.17-22.

“Protecting Refugees Where There is No Legal Safety Net.” Buffett Center Quarterly Newsletter 20(1), Fall 2014. Co-authored with Galya Ruffer. Link here.

“Obama versus Romney on the Middle East.” Al Jazeera English. Co-authored with Michael C. Hudson. 17 September 2012. Link here.

“What is Ohio’s Middle Class?” The Huffington Post. 15 August 2012. (Additional articles on American politics written for The Huffington Post can be found here.

“Syria at Risk? A Country Divided.” Middle East Insights, Middle East Institute, Singapore, No. 19, 30 March 2011. Available here.

“That was Hama in 1982. This is Syria in 2011.” Jadaliyya, 16 June 2011. Published under pseudonym. Link here.

“Why it Matters to Asia: Much at Stake in Arab Crisis.” The Straits Times, Singapore, 26 February 2011. Co-authored with Michael C. Hudson and Mary E. Stonaker.

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