Research and Publications


The King Can Do No Wrong: Blame Games and Ruler Survival in Authoritarian Regimes.

Journal Articles

Countering Misperceptions to Reduce Prejudice: An Experiment on Attitudes toward Muslim Americans. Conditionally Accepted at the Journal of Experimental Political Science.

Voting in Transition: Participation and Alienation in Egypt's 2012 Presidential Election. 2018. Middle East Law and Governance. (With Alexandra Blackman and Caroline Abadeer).

Working papers

Contesting Narratives of Repression: Experimental Evidence from Sisi's Egypt. (With Mashail Malik). Under Review. 

Elections, Legitimacy, and Compliance in Authoritarian Regimes. Under Review.

Attitudes toward Migrants in a Highly-Impacted Economy: Evidence from the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan. (With Ala Alrababah, Andrea Dillon, Jens Hainmueller, Dominik Hangartner, and Jeremy Weinstein). Under Review.

Did Egypt's Post-Uprising Crime Wave Increase Support for Authoritarian Rule? (With Lisa Blaydes, Alexandra Blackman, and Caroline Abadeer). Under Review.

Preaching Politics: How Politicization Undermines Religious Authority in the Middle East. (With A.Kadir Yildirim, Sharan Grewal, CJ Freer, Mirjam Kuenkler, and Yusuf Sarfati). Under Review.

It's Good to Be King: Ruler Type and Perceptions of Democracy in Authoritarian Regimes.

In Progress

Soldiers Not Statesmen: The Norm of Civilian Authority and Contentious Collective Action under Military Rule. (With Mashail Malik).

US Security Assistance, Terrorism Threats, and Public Support for Human Rights Abroad.

Credit Claiming by Autocrats (With Ala Alrababah).

Fostering Inclusion toward Refugees: The Promise and Pitfalls of Empathy. (With Claire L. Adida, Adeline Lo, Melina Platas, Lauren Prather, and Seth Werfel).


Mapping Cairo: An Exploration of Egypt's Socio-Political Geography. (With Alexandra Blackman and Caroline Abadeer).

other SElected Publications

Separating Islam from Politics but Not the State: Implications for Religious Authority in Jordan. 2019. Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Jordan shut out 60,000 Syrian refugees - and then saw a backlash. This is why. 2018. The Monkey Cage Blog, The Washington Post. (With Ala Alrababah).

Discourses on Muslims and Welfare across the Atlantic. 2015. In Race, Ethnicity, and Welfare States: An American Dilemma? Edited by Sonya Michel, Klaus Pedersen, and Pauli Kettunen. Northampton, Mass: Edward Elgar. (With Abdulkader Sinno, Eren Tatari, Antje Schwennicke, and Hicham Bou Nassif).

Transitional Justice Falters in Tunisia. 2015. Sada, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

Divining Divisions in Egypt's Deep State. 2015. Political Violence @ a Glance.

Sisi's Dilemma. 2014. Sada, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Republished in the Cairo Review of Global Affairs.

How Democracy Could Return to Egypt. 2014. Muftah.

Egypt's Unprecedented Instability by the Numbers. 2014. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. (With Michele Dunne).

Protest, Uprising, and Regime Change in the Arab Spring. 2014. Muftah. (With Caroline Abadeer).