My research is on the effects of political institutions on sub-national violence, with a particular emphasis on the police and other service-oriented institutions. My dissertation asks how the sectarian makeup of the police affects citizens’ interactions with the state in two divided societies, Iraq and Israel. Most of my work is in the Middle East, where I have conducted field work in a number of countries including Jordan, Israel, Egypt, and Oman. I am also involved in ongoing research on policing in the Philippines. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of California San Diego in 2017, and I proudly hold a B.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas.