I am an Assistant Professor of International and Middle Eastern Politics in the Government Department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where I teach undergraduate courses in International Relations and the politics and history of the Middle East.
My current research focuses on the politics, strategies, and dynamics of counterinsurgency. Future research will examine contemporary legacies of colonial institution building in the Middle East, systemic approaches to conflict strategy, the and the ways in which state-building has reshaped tribal politics in the Middle East.
My work draws on qualitative methods. I have conducted research in a wide range of archives in both the UK and the US including national, military, and private/university collections, and I have also conducted ethnographic research in South Sinai, studying tribal identity and tribe-state relations. I am committed to furthering the development of process-tracing methods for both descriptive and causal inference.
I received my PhD at Yale University, where I wrote my dissertation the politics of counterinsurgent adaptation in the British Empire, especially in the Palestine Mandate. I also hold an MA in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University’s Department of Middle Eastern and North African History, where I studied colonialism, post-colonial politics/conflict, and tribe-state relations in the Middle East.