I am a DPhil candidate in Sociology. My doctoral research focuses on explaining why foreign fighter recruits to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria were concentrated in "hubs" - specific towns and neighborhoods of cities - across the Arabic-speaking world. That dissertation project uses regression analysis to identify the structural conditions that characterize these hubs, and in-depth fieldwork to understand how recruitment hubs form and operate.
In general, I am interested in violent contentious politics and economic development in the Middle East and North Africa. I have over ten years of experience designing, managing, analyzing, and evaluating field-based research in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey.
In addition to my doctoral research, I am a Fellow at New America's International Security Program and an independent consultant with ten years' experience. I have lived, worked, and conducted field research in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.