Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. My research focuses on the dynamics of violent conflict, especially in the Middle East and wider Islamic world. I am particularly interested in the psychological factors – including the biases and misperceptions – that drive conflicts, and how they can be mitigated or leveraged to promote peace.
I have studied topics such as when people believe lies and misinformation in war, what fuels support for violent resistance organizations, the effects of “condolence payments” on local conflict dynamics, what drives American foreign policy views, especially toward the Islamic world, how to reduce public fears of terrorism, and the role of rebel leaders in modern war and peace making.
I use a variety of methods in my work, from surveys and experiments to large-n econometric analysis and fieldwork. To date, my work is published or forthcoming in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Before arriving at CMU, I received my Ph.D. in political science at the Ohio State University and my B.A. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania.