Welcome! I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University. I specialize in the comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). My academic research broadly addresses topics of democracy, dictatorship, political regimes, and US foreign policy. At the moment, I am studying the international dimensions of authoritarianism in the Arab world. My ongoing works unpack the transnational bases of protest mobilization in Jordan, the ideational origins of Arabian Gulf foreign policymaking, and innovative forms of autocratic repression in the MENA, Central Asia, and Latin America.
Concurrently, I devote additional time to educational and disciplinary issues. Over the past year, I created or updated two Middle East textbooks for students and general readers, while also serving as my department’s Undergraduate Chair. Within the political science profession, I remain engaged with the methodological problem of transparency, with this essay on “radical honesty” for PS: Political Science and Politics questioning how much scholars should divulge or obscure when writing about their research.
I occasionally analyze breaking developments in the Arab world for popular outlets like Foreign Policy and industry venues like Oxford Analytica. I have also undertaken advisory work with the World Bank, legal firms, and sovereign principals.