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I am a teaching fellow in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) at Stanford University. I teach courses focused on democracy, citizenship, and the politics of development. My research focuses on party systems, deliberation, ideology, nostalgia, and corruption during transitions from authoritarian rule, especially in the Arab world. My book manuscript focuses on the question of why democratization in Tunisia failed to address the social and economic grievances that precipitated it. My work has been published by the Journal of Democracy, the MERIP Middle East Report Online, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and the Washington Post Monkey Cage. 

I received my PhD in political science (with specialties in comparative politics, quantitative methods, and political economy) from Yale University in December 2020. 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, working, and researching in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. My CV is available here.