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I am a teaching fellow in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) at Stanford University, where I am teaching courses focused on democracy, citizenship, and the politics of development. From 2020-21, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

My research focuses on party systems, ideology, nostalgia, and corruption during transitions from authoritarian rule. I am currently working on a book project that explores the question of why Tunisia’s party system after the 2010-11 uprising has revolved more around a conflict between competing national and religious identities than around competing policy orientations toward economic problems. My research uses multiple methods, including elite interviews, archival research, survey experiments, and analysis of Arabic text-as-data. My work has appeared in the Journal of Democracy, Middle East Research and Information Project’s Middle East Report Online, and Washington Post Monkey Cage. 

I received my PhD in political science (comparative politics, quantitative methods, and political economy) from Yale University in December 2020. Prior to coming to Yale, I worked as assistant editor for the Journal of Democracy. I have a BA in international relations from Tufts University, an MS in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA and MPhil in political science from Yale. I have spent more than three years living in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. My CV is available here.