PhD Candidate | Harvard University (Department of Government)
I am a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University's Department of Government. My research interests include the political economy of authoritarianism, the politics of online censorship and social-media mobilization, and foreign policy analysis. I have a regional interest in the politics of the Middle East and North Africa, utilizing archival evidence, interviews, public-opinion polling, and cross-national data to draw inferences about the politics of authoritarianism.
In my dissertation, published research, and collaborative work with other scholars of authoritarianism, I use insights derived from my study of Saudi Arabia to help explain political dynamics worldwide. My work has been supported along the way by the National Science Foundation, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University's Center for Middle East Studies, the Harvard Kennedy School's Evidence for Policy Design Program, and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
I previously worked as a research assistant at the Brookings Doha Center.