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 dissertation, The Lonely Jihadist: Weak Networks and the Radicalization of Muslim Clerics
, explored 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
During the 2015-2016 academic year, I am on leave from MIT and am the Neubauer Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University.