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 and my B.A. from Yale University.
I specialize in comparative politics and international relations, with a regional focus on the Middle East. My research examines the causes and consequences of public opinion and political behavior in authoritarian and conflict settings, including Palestine, Syria, and the UAE. My book, The Revolution Within: State Institutions and Unarmed Resistance in Palestine (Cambridge University Press), investigates the causes of individual participation in anti-regime resistance using original survey, interview, and archival research in the Palestinian Territories. I also write about the causes of political compliance in authoritarian regimes and the domestic and international drivers of public opinion towards political conflict and violence, including the spread of sectarian attitudes. My articles have been published in the journals Comparative Political Studies and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. I teach courses on comparative politics, political conflict and violence, Middle East politics, and research methods.