About

I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Yale University.  I specialize in comparative politics and international relations, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Over the past decade I have studied, worked, and conducted research in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, and Egypt.

In my work I apply a variety of methods, including statistical analysis, qualitative field work, and survey research, to study refugees, exile, and displacement; collective action; conflict and political violence; and humanitarian aid.

I have conducted research in partnership with International Rescue Committee (report here), the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Bank (report forthcoming).

A number of media outlets have covered my work, including The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, BBC World Service, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Reuters, the Independent, the Daily Mail, IRIN, The Daily Star (Lebanon), and Vox.

Before starting graduate school, I worked for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Syria in programme in 2007 and 2008. From 2008 to 2011, I worked as the Founding Executive Director of A Plate for All, an NGO running food and nutrition programming for Iraqi refugees in Syria. I have also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. State Department in the Middle East Partnership Initiative, and as a researcher for Samantha Power’s 2008 book “Chasing the Flame.”

I hold a BA from Bates College and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

My research has been supported by Yale University’s MacMillan Center International Dissertation Research Grant, Yale University’s Georg Walter Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy Grant, the Yale University Dissertation Fellowship,  the POMEPS Travel-Research-Engagement Grant, the Harvard Kennedy School Dubai Initiative, and the Harvard Kennedy School Center for International Development.

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