I am a Peace and Security Fellow with the United States Institute of Peace and the Minerva Research Initiative as well as a Ph.D. candidate in political science at George Washington University. Last year (2018–19), I was a research fellow at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. My research interests include forced migration, citizenship, policy enforcement, human rights, security, gender, identity, and Middle East politics.
My dissertation examines variations in the sets of legal rights and statuses host states offer to different protracted refugee groups over time, including divergences between the content of laws stipulating these rights and the implementation of these laws in practice. I compare Jordan’s policies from 1946–2018 toward different protracted refugee groups, using over 800 U.S. and British archival files as well as over 200 interviews conducted during 14 months of fieldwork in Jordan from 2016–19, with funding from the Fulbright Program, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Project on Middle East Political Science, and Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies.
Prior to starting my doctoral program, I worked for the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa Social Protection unit, focusing on projects in Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, and the Palestinian Territories. In addition, I received my M.P.P. and B.A. with high distinction from the University of Virginia.