I am a 4th-year PhD candidate in the Government Department at Harvard University. I specialize in mixed methods research, with a focus on the politics of forced migration, international aid, and local governance. I am broadly interested in the intersection of local, national, and international policy responses to immigration and displacement, as well as access to social services by immigrants, refugees, and communities.
My dissertation project asks: how do local elected officials in developing countries respond to refugee crises, and how do refugee crises affect local elected officials' ability to govern and provide services? Why, despite the perceived negative effects of refugees, do some municipalities with refugees seem to be struggling to provide services while others flourish? Using interviews, primary source documents, an original dataset of municipalities in Jordan, and a planned survey of mayors and local bureaucrats, I examine the primary case study of Jordanian mayors' responses to the Syrian refugee crisis to answer my research questions. During graduate school, I have conducted fieldwork primarily in Jordan with additional research in Lebanon.
At Harvard, I am an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Comparative Inequality and Inclusion Research Cluster, and a fellow with the Harvard Immigration Initiative. My research is supported by the APSA Minority Fellowship, IQSS, the Immigration Initiative, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Project on Middle East Political Science at GWU, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Prior to my graduate studies I worked on the Syria response team at the International Rescue Committee from 2015-2017, including regional travel to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. I was a 2014-2015 Fulbright Student Fellow in Jordan, where I researched the politics of education provision for out-of-school Syrian refugees and Jordanians. I graduated with a BA in Middle East Studies (honors) and International Relations from Brown University.