Research and Publications


The King Can Do No Wrong: Delegation and Blame Under Authoritarian Rule.

Journal Articles

Countering Misperceptions to Reduce Prejudice: An Experiment on Attitudes toward Muslim Americans. 2019. 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). Revise & Resubmit at Journal of Peace Research.

Did Egypt's Post-Uprising Crime Wave Increase Support for Authoritarian Rule? (With Lisa Blaydes, Alexandra Blackman, and Caroline Abadeer). Revise & Resubmit at Journal of Peace Research. 

Attitudes toward Migrants in a Highly-Impacted Economy: Evidence from the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan. (With Ala’ Alrababa’h, Andrea Dillon, Jens Hainmueller, Dominik Hangartner, and Jeremy Weinstein). Revise & Resubmit at Comparative Political Studies.

Authoritarian Legislatures and Policymaking. (With Beatriz Magaloni). Under Review.

Elections, Legitimacy, and Compliance in Authoritarian Regimes. 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

Policy by Legislation or Policy by Decree? Understanding Attitudes toward Lawmaking Processes in Democratic and Authoritarian Contexts. (With Jonathan Chu).

Credit Claiming and Blame Avoidance in Authoritarian Media. (With Ala’ Alrababa’h).

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.

Counting the Black Flags: An Experimental Assessment of Islamic State Support in the Arab World. (With Sharan Grewal and A.Kadir Yildirim).

Using Google Trends to Measure Personalized Power in Authoritarian Regimes (With Paul Schuler).

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

Standards for Reporting Null Results. (With Ala’ Alrababa’h, Andrea Dillon, Jens Hainmueller, Dominik Hangartner, and Jeremy Weinstein).


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.

  • A policy brief derived from this report can be found here: English | Arabic.

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’ Alrababa’h).

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).