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 working on the history and politics of Jordan, the ideational origins of Arabian Gulf foreign policymaking, and innovative forms of autocratic repression in the MENA, Central Asia, and Latin America.
I am also engaged in educational and disciplinary issues. Over the past year, I created and updated an ambitious duo of new regional textbooks — Societies of the MENA and Government/Politics of the MENA — while also serving as my department’s Undergraduate Chair. Within political science, I remain interested in the methodological problem of transparency, with this essay on “radical honesty” for PS: Political Science and Politics questioning how much scholars should divulge when writing about research.
I occasionally analyze breaking developments in the Arab world for popular outlets like the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, as well as industry venues like Oxford Analytica. I have also undertaken advisory work with the World Bank, legal firms, and sovereign principals.