Update: I am excited to announce that my article “In the Wider View” has just been published at Security Studies. You can find a copy in the Research section, or here
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 current 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.
More broadly, my research is concerned with the ways in which politics shapes the ways combatants fight and how that impacts the course of wars.
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.