I am a doctoral candidate in political science at Yale University, specializing in international relations and authoritarian politics with a regional focus on the Middle East. Broadly, my research agenda explores how contentious politics in in authoritarian regimes shape—and are shaped by—international politics.
My dissertation project investigates how the possibility of foreign engagement affects the onset and durability of nonviolent mobilization against repressive authoritarianism. Following in-depth fieldwork on the 2011 Syrian uprising, I theorize how activists form expectations about the likelihood and effectiveness of foreign support, and in turn, how those beliefs shape opposition strategic choice.
Other ongoing projects investigate the credibility of signals of resolve from authoritarian regimes; the role of assurances in international crisis bargaining; and the relationship between religion and democratic compromises in the Arab world.