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 Fall 2012.
I specialize in comparative politics and international relations, with a regional focus on the Middle East. My research agenda explores public opinion and political behavior in violent or repressive settings and the domestic and international forces that shape them. My book manuscript investigates the logic of participation and mobilization in anti-regime resistance using original survey, interview, and archival research on unarmed resistance in the Palestinian Territories (accepted pending board approval). Some of my other research examines the impact of international recognition on public opinion towards conflict and violence, the effects of authoritarian iconography on mass attitudes and behavior in autocracies, and the human rights implications of civil conflict. My research has been published in the journals Comparative Political Studies and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.