I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech. My broad research interests include citizenship, migration, law and society, gender, and Middle East politics, particularly in Jordan. Currently, my research focuses on the legal and practiced dimensions of citizenship as well as variations in citizenship policies toward refugee groups and women.
My research has been supported by the European University Institute's Max Weber Programme, United States Institute of Peace and the Minerva Research Initiative, Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Fulbright Program, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Project on Middle East Political Science, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, and the George Washington University Institute for Middle East Studies. In addition, my dissertation won the 2021 Best Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association's Middle East and North Africa Politics Section.
I received a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the George Washington University. I also hold a master’s degree in public policy (M.P.P.) as well as a B.A. in political and social thought and in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. In addition, I previously 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.