About Me


I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Security Studies at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida. My research interests are rooted in comparative politics with a focus on civil-military relations, coup politics, authoritarianism, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. Using a mix of historical-qualitative and quantitative methods, my work examines how civilian political actors enable military authoritarianism; how coup politics transcend state borders; and the process of knowledge production behind large-N datasets. My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as International Studies Review and Journal of Global Security Studies, and I have been invited to revise & resubmit at Armed Forces & Society and Africa Spectrum. I have also published a forthcoming book chapter for the American Political Science Association’s Strategies for Navigating Grad School volume (Fall 2022). My public-facing scholarship has been published in outlets such as The Washington Post, The Loop, Political Violence at a Glance, The Cairo Review, and Tawazun: Index of Arab Civil-Military Relations. 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’s Diversity Fellowship Program.

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