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, irregular warfare, and Middle Eastern politics.
My research focuses on the politics of strategic planning during counterinsurgency and the tendency of expeditionary counterinsurgents to adopt and retain ineffective strategy. Parallel research examines the impact these strategies on non-combatant behavior to produce a typology of the multiple logics of violence against civilians during irregular war.
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.
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.