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.
I recently 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.
My current research focuses on the politics, strategies, and dynamics of counterinsurgency and civil conflict. Future research will examine systemic approaches to conflict strategy, the legacies of colonial institution building in the Middle East, 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. I am also committed to furthering the development of process-tracing methods for both descriptive and causal inference.
Earlier research employed ethnographic methods, including my first book project, where I conducted participant observation with Bedouin tribes in South Sinai to examine the impact of Egyptian development policies on tribal identity and tribe-state relations.
I 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.