I am a political scientist who studies the micro-foundations of political behavior in the Arab Gulf states using original public opinion data and survey experiments. Substantively, my work has investigated a wide range of topics, including the rentier state and its reform, voting behavior, the political economy of sectarianism, social movements, youth politics, anti-immigrant sentiment, migrant experience and integration, cultural barriers to female labor force participation, and drivers of honor-based gender violence. I am also interested in the effects of Middle East authoritarianism on public participation in opinion research and popular conceptualizations of public opinion itself.
am an Associate Research Professor at the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute
(SESRI) at Qatar University, where I have been based since completing
my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan in 2011. In Fall 2020 and 2021, I am also Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University in Qatar. I
lived for two years in Bahrain while doing dissertation fieldwork, and
before that I spent two memorable years in Yemen for Arabic language
I started this website as a resource for others interested in survey-based research on Gulf politics. Here you can find my updated CV, copies of publications and replication data, as well as information on past and ongoing survey projects.