I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and co-founder of the critical theory in the Middle East blog La Formoisie. My research on political development and authoritarian persistence concerns the politics of radicalism and political violence in the post-colonial Middle East.
My current research project, Politicians at Arms, investigates why and under what conditions elite civilian politicians would enlist soldiers in coup conspiracies. Syria and Iraq (in progress) are the main cases of interest, but the study also addresses Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia. A chapter of this project has been accepted for publication at Armed Forces & Society.
In addition to my research, I teach courses in International Politics, Comparative Politics, Security Studies, and Middle East Studies, including Middle East history.