am [update: was] 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 [update: was] 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.