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Princeton University
Middle East Politics, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Authoritarian Regimes, Political Islam, Religion and Politics, Repression
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About Me

I am a doctoral candidate in the department of politics at Princeton University, specializing in comparative politics with a focus on the Middle East. My research interests include political behavior in authoritarian contexts; religion and politics; public opinion in the Muslim and Arab worlds; and survey and experimental methodologies. My work has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Political Science Research and Methods.

My dissertation develops and tests an original theory of state repression and its effects on processes of polarization in authoritarian contexts. The project employs a mixed methods approach, including lab experimental tests of the theory’s micro-foundational psychological mechanism and case studies of repression and polarization in Egypt and Tunisia based on in-depth fieldwork in both countries.

I served as an AY2007-2008 Fulbright Fellow in Cairo, Egypt and have conducted fieldwork for a variety of projects in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates. I hold a B.A. in Arabic and an M.A. in Arab Studies, both from Georgetown University.

Recent Publications

“Communal Religious Practice and Support for Armed Parties: Evidence from Lebanon” with Michael Hoffman in the Journal of Conflict Resolution (2015).

Using the Qur’an to Empower Arab Women: Theory and Experimental Evidence from Egypt” with Tarek Masoud and Amaney Jamal in Comparative Political Studies  (2016). 

“Arab Responses to Western Hegemony: Experimental Evidence from Egypt” with Tarek Masoud and Amaney Jamal in Journal of Conflict Resolution  (2016).

“Conceptions of Shari`a and Support for Militancy and Democratic Values: Evidence from Pakistan” with Christine Fair and Rebecca Littman. Forthcoming in Political Science Research and Methods. Version accepted for publication available here.

“New Innovations in Public Opinion Research in the Middle East and North Africa.” Forthcoming in Mediterranean Politics .

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Egypt, Tunisia

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