I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Penn State . I study comparative politics with a focus on authoritarian institutions, repression, violent dissent, in the MENA region. In addition, I have 2 years of Arabic language training. I am currently researching the effect of subnational repression on violent dissident behavior. My most recent article examines the variation of non-violent and violent dissent across authoritarian regime types. Prior to this article, I conducted a study investigating the relationship between military corporate interests and regime transition after the Arab Spring. Papers are available on the “research” page.
I graduated cum laude from St. Edward’s University with a bachelor of arts in political science. In 2013, I was accepted as a research fellow at the University of North Texas NSF REU in Civil Conflict Management and Peace Science. In 2012, I was accepted into the McNair Scholars Program and presented independent research at notable conferences such as the National Council for Undergraduate Research and the Midwest Political Science Association. For more information, please view my CV by clicking “Vitae” in the navigation menu above.