I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. My research interests include the relationship between political regimes and religious institutions, as well as the development and deployment of religious identities in the political sphere. My research is also motivated by a broader interest in the politics of the Middle East, including gender, political party development, the evolution of authoritarian institutions, and the role of foreign and transnational forces in the region. I have conducted research in Egypt, France, Tunisia, and the United States.
My dissertation project examines the impact of French colonial administration on local land and educational institutions and how the changes introduced by colonial settlement impacted local political identities and mobilization. I also explore the legacy of the waqf system in North Africa.
Before attending Stanford, I completed my B.A. in International Relations at Tufts University (2010). In addition, I was a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholar in Duisburg, Germany (2005-2006), a Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellow in Cairo, Egypt (2010-2011), and Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC (2011-2012).