Welcome! I am Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Mississippi. Before starting at Mississippi, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Empirical Studies of Conflict Program and the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at New York University in September 2012.
I specialize in comparative politics and international relations, with a regional focus on the Middle East. My research agenda explores the political attitudes and behavior of ordinary people under conditions of violence and/or domination. My book manuscript (under review) investigates the logic of participation and mobilization in anti-regime resistance using original survey, interview, and archival research on the Palestinian national movement. Some of my other research examines the impact of international recognition on public opinion towards conflict and violence, the effects of authoritarian iconography on political attitudes and behavior, and the relationship between conflict and early marriage in the Islamic world. My research has been published in the journals Comparative Political Studies and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.