Welcome! I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University. I am also the Undergraduate Chair of Political Science. I specialize in the comparative politics and international relations of the Middle East and North Africa, where I research democracy, dictatorship, and US foreign policy.
Research interests: Advancing early work on authoritarian regime durability, my current research in the MENA is eclectic. I remain focused on the politics of Jordan, but also work on Kuwait and the Gulf. Another strand covers the limits of American hegemony. Future work explores the currents of Arab youth activism and new forms of autocratic repression across global regions.
Educational interests: I am also engaged in educational and disciplinary issues. In recent years, I have engineered an ambitious duo of textbooks — Societies of the MENA and Government/Politics of the MENA. I am also interested in the methodological problem of transparency, as in this essay on “radical honesty” for PS: Political Science and Politics.
Professional interests: I occasionally analyze breaking developments in the Arab world for popular outlets like the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, as well as select industry venues. I have also undertaken advisory work with private and public principals.