I am a Ph.D. candidate in the department of political science at the University of California, Davis. I specialize in comparative politics and international relations with a focus on nationalism, ethnic conflict, and state-building strategies.
My research examines the consequences of institutional design in ethnically divided societies. My dissertation, Ethnofederalism and Local Ethnic Conflict: The Effects of Regional Autonomy on Subnational Ethnic Conflict, examines whether regional autonomy increases regional-level conflict. I conducted fieldwork in northern Iraq where I interviewed civilians, politicians, and political activists from ethnic minority communities. I study the consequences of regional autonomy in Iraq on ethnic protests between regional ethnic groups and tests the effects of ethnofederal arrangements on regional-level conflict in countries where ethnicity is salient.
I am currently a Peace Scholar Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. My research has been funded by the Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Educational Foundation, the Rothchild Memorial Graduate Research Award, the Institute of Social Sciences, and the Suad Joseph Graduate Student Research Award on Middle East and/or South Asia Studies.
Before beginning my doctoral studies at the University of California, Davis, I graduated with an MA in international relations and comparative politics from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).