I attained my doctoral degree from the department of Politics at Princeton University. My research and teaching interests include comparative politics, Middle East politics, urban politics and the political economy of development. I am currently the Neubauer Post-Doctoral Fellow at Brandeis University's Crown Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
My dissertation, "Building Politics: Urban Transformation and Governance in Cairo and Istanbul," examines the political economy of urban governance and how it reshapes practices of citizenship in Middle Eastern polities. The dissertation research is based on eleven months of qualitative fieldwork in Istanbul and Cairo in 2011-2012. It received funding and support from the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College.
I hold an MA in Politics from New York University and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from the American University in Cairo.