I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I hold a PhD in Government (2013) and an AM in Statistics (2010) from Harvard University, and a BA in Political Science (2007) from Brigham Young University.
I study and teach on Islam, political violence, human rights, economic development, and research design. My current book project, Deadly Clerics (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series), explores why some Muslim clerics adopt the ideology of militant Jihad while most do not. Some of my other research is published or forthcoming in The American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, and Sociological Methods and Research.
At MIT, I am affiliated with the Center for International Studies (CIS), the Security Studies Program (SSP), and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). With a number of other faculty, I help run the Poverty, Violence, and Development Working Group and I am involved in the IPE speaker series.