I received my Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in July 2016. My research interests include Middle East politics, life under authoritarianism, protest movements, censorship, mass media, and the impact of external actors on domestic politics in the developing world. I also have an interest in qualitative and interpretive research methods. My dissertation studies the politics of state-managed media and cultural production under authoritarianism, drawing on years of fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa.
From 2012-2103, I was a Fulbright fellow in Egypt and a fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at the American University in Cairo. From 2013-2014, I was a guest researcher at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC). I have also studied and worked in Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, and Mauritania.
I have articles published in Perspectives on Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Middle East Policy, and The Journal of North African Studies. For more information on these and other publications, see my Research page. My CV can be found here.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, I hold a B.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis and M.A.s from the University of Chicago and Georgetown.