I am an Assistant Professor of International Studies in Seaver College at Pepperdine University. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA and was a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
My research and teaching interests stand at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations, and include Middle East politics, civil war, international intervention in civil war settlement, and post-conflict politics. With an emphasis on Lebanon, my book project examines how patterns of wartime armed group territorial control shape post-war party development, political competition, and patterns of persistent violence. I also examine the role of international actors in mediating these effects.
My research has been funded by a Belfer Center Middle East Initiative (MEI) fellowship, an Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Herb York Global Security fellowship, a Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) TRE grant, and the Department of Education's Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) summer fellowship.