Welcome! I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at 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 investigated topics such as when people believe lies, misinformation, and “fake news” in conflict zones, what fuels support for and opposition to militant groups, the effects of “condolence payments” on local conflict dynamics, what drives American foreign policy attitudes and how to reduce American public fears of terrorism, and the role of rebel, insurgent, and terrorist leaders in shaping 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 journals like International Organization, 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.