Welcome! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. I specialize in comparative politics of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. My dissertation examines the effect of social cohesion on electoral fraud, electoral institutions, and gender politics in authoritarian regimes with a focus on Algeria and Kuwait.
My research has been funded by 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. Before coming to UCLA, I received my B.A. in political science and economics, with a minor in Arabic from Washington University in St. Louis, where I received an undergraduate research award to travel to Lebanon. I also spent a semester abroad in Cairo.