I am a PhD candidate in Politics at Princeton University, with a sub-field specialization in Comparative Politics and a regional focus on the Middle East. In my research I study the origins and consequences of grassroots movements and political protests, and specifically their contribution to transformative political events like revolutions and democratization.
In my dissertation I consider why some political regimes established in the aftermath of successful revolutions come under threat from counterrevolutions, and why some of these counterrevolutionary challenges succeed. I examine in detail the case of Egypt's 2011 revolution and 2013 counterrevolution, and compare Egypt's trajectory to other cases of successful revolution across space and time. The project is being supported by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
In other research I have studied other instances of protest and resistance in the Middle East, including political organizing and informal leadership among Syrian refugees, the dynamics of mobilization in the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, and the Egyptian pro-democracy movement Kefaya.
My work has been published in a number of forums including British Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Perspectives on Politics, and Comparative Politics. I hold an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center and a BA from Harvard University.