I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rhode Island College and a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where I was previously a postdoctoral
My research is primarily concerned with authoritarian institutions and publics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). My research interests include gender & politics, electoral institutions, and public opinion & survey research. My research has been published or is forthcoming in American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and Politics & Gender.
My research has been funded by the Middle East Initiative at Harvard, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Political Science Association, the Project on Middle East Political Science, UCLA's International Institute, Rice University's Baker Institute Center for the Middle East, and the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs.
I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA in 2018 and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, with a minor in Arabic from Washington University in St. Louis. I spent a semester abroad at the American University in Cairo in 2009. I have conducted fieldwork in Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco, and South Korea (Yemeni refugees in Jeju Island).