I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University. 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 work in comparative politics, studying the political economy of migration and refugee crises, 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? What are the conditions under which and means by which refugees successfully cooperate to support themselves? What interventions effectively promote the well-being of refugee communities?

I study these questions using survey research, field experiments, natural experiments, and qualitative fieldwork, primarily in the Levant.

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 my PhD fieldwork in Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon.

My work is forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution. A number of media outlets have covered my work, including The New York Times and The New York Review of Books.

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.


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