Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University. Starting in the fall of 2020, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have a PhD in Political Science, with distinction, from Yale University, an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a BA in Political Science from Bates College.

I study migration, refugee crises, aid, and conflict, with a regional focus in the Middle East.

Some of the questions I address in my work include: How do refugees make decisions about when and where to migrate? What are the causes of conflict and peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities? How do refugees successfully cooperate to support themselves? What interventions effectively promote the well-being of refugees?

My work has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and conditionally accepted at the American Political Science Review.

My research agenda is shaped by more than five years living in the Middle East working for UNHCR, the World Bank, and International Rescue Committee, and conducting PhD fieldwork in Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon. Drawing on these experiences, I have published on the ethics of fieldwork with Syrian refugees in APSA MENA Politics, and I wrote a book chapter on preparing for fieldwork in high-risk environments in an edited volume forthcoming with SAGE Publications.

My research has been supported by Innovations for Poverty Action, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Yale University’s MacMillan Center, Yale University’s Georg Walter Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, the Yale University Dissertation Fellowship, POMEPS, the Harvard Kennedy School Dubai Initiative, and the Harvard Kennedy School Center for International Development.

A number of media outlets have covered my research, including The New York Times and The New York Review of Books.


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