I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and was previously a Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Beginning September 2017, I will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University.
My research examines the international politics of rebellion with a focus on how opposition groups use international diplomacy to solicit third-party support. I use field research and archival work to gather novel qualitative and quantitative data to produce empirically rich and historically informed case studies from the Middle East. While I specialize in Kurdish and Palestinian national politics, my research addresses broader trends in the Middle East and generates theoretical and policy insights that speak to major questions in international relations and comparative politics, such as the origins and outcomes of third-party intervention, self-determination and state formation, and transnational opposition and alliance politics.
My research has been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Project on Middle East Political Science, the Department of Education, and the Nicholson Center for British Studies, among others. I have also conducted field work in Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel-Palestine, Jordan, and the United Kingdom.
I hold a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.