Welcome to my academic website. I am PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University. I received my BA from Indiana University in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in 2007.
My work focuses on the politics of the Arab world, primarily the states of the Levant. I am particularly interested in political mobilization, contentious politics, protest and the policing of dissent, and political culture. My dissertation examines the effect of leadership succession on state-society interaction in Jordan and Syria.
I am also interested in college-level pedagogy and instructional methods. I co-wrote a short article about using interactive methods — particularly a simulation of Iraqi Parliamentary Politics — to supplement course lectures in a class titled ‘Iraqi Political Development.’ I also developed a simulation of authoritarian politics that is integrated into my class “Authoritarian Regimes: Institutions and Practices” with a teaching award from the Rutgers Graduate School.
Current (and former) Students – click on the “Teaching” Link at the top of the page for your course webpages.
Here is my calendar if you want to set up a meeting.