About Me


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Security Studies at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida. My research is focused on the various intersections of civil-military relations, coup politics, authoritarianism, and democratization – with a regional focus on the Middle East & North Africa. My dissertation research unpacks the implications of civilian support and involvement in military coups by examining how support from different civilian constituencies shapes post-coup democratization. My research has been published or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals such as Africa Spectrum, International Studies Review, and Journal of Global Security Studies, and I have been invited to revise & resubmit at Armed Forces & Society. I have also published a forthcoming book chapter for the American Political Science Association’s Strategies for Navigating Graduate School volume (Fall 2022). My public-facing scholarship has been published in outlets such as The Washington Post, Just Security, The Loop, Political Violence at a Glance, The Cairo Review, and Tawazun: Index of Arab Civil-Military Relations. I currently serve as Co-Chair of the American Political Science Association’s Committee of Graduate Student Status in the Discipline. In addition, I am co-founder of the global online initiative, Jam3a: a Virtual MENA Workspace for Grad Students & Early Career Scholars, and founder/coordinator of Memoirs of the Middle East & North Africa. I also serve as a regular contributor at Arrested Dictatorship. I have also served as a Resident Graduate Fellow at the Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Program of Strategic Research and Studies and The India Center. My research is currently funded by the American Political Science Association.

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