Welcome! I am a PhD candidate in political science at Stanford University, a visiting scholar at the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, and a graduate research fellow funded by the National Science Foundation.
My CV can be found here.
My dissertation studies the politics of blame avoidance in authoritarian regimes. I develop a theory for how dictators delegate to subordinate political institutions for the purpose of shifting blame, and I draw on surveys, experiments, text analysis, archival materials, and more than 100 elite interviews to test the theory's observable implications through an in-depth case study of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. I also rely on small-N comparisons and cross-national data to illustrate the theory's applicability to authoritarian political systems more broadly. The project contributes to understanding of why some dictators manage to sustain popular support for extended periods of time, even while their regimes perform poorly. In addition, I argue that the project helps to explain the surprising durability of autocratic monarchies in the modern world.
Additional interests include sources of popular support for authoritarian regimes and human rights violations, attitudes toward immigrants and refugees, and the intersection between political and religious authority in the Muslim world. I have a regional focus on the politics of the Middle East.
At Stanford, I have been affiliated with the Abbasi Program for Islamic Studies, the Center for International Conflict and Negotiation, and the Immigration Policy Lab. Previously, I worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a junior fellow in the Middle East Program, and I studied Arabic as a CASA fellow at the American University in Cairo. I have conducted fieldwork and survey research in Jordan, Tunisia, and Egypt.