Hello and welcome!

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government at Georgetown University and an academic affiliate with the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut. I research civil wars and violent non-state actors with a regional focus on the Middle East. 

My dissertation project explains why only some rebel organizations experience internal struggles for command and control during civil wars. I base my argument on in-depth fieldwork in Lebanon—including archival research and interviews with former militia members—as well as statistical evidence from a global dataset of armed non-state groups.  

I hold an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University. Prior to graduate school, I received a B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science and Arabic from the Ohio State University.