I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech and a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. My broad research interests include citizenship, forced migration, law and society, gender, and Middle East politics. Currently, my research focuses on the legal and practiced dimensions of citizenship as well as variations in citizenship policies toward migrant groups and women.
My research has been supported by the 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.
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.