I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. My co-edited book Stories From the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science was just published with Columbia University Press. My research and teaching focus on Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, nationalism, rebels and revolution, and international relations. I give talks to universities, think tanks, and business and community groups, and I conduct media interviews. I have a Ph.D. in political science from MIT and a B.A. in political science and history from Williams College.

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PANEL: "Field Research in the Middle East before and after the Pandemic"

I was a panelist for "Field Research in the Middle East before and after the Pandemic" with the Crown Center for Middle East Studies. I discussed why we do fieldwork, the obstacles to conducting fieldwork in the Middle East before COVID-19, and the new and heightened challenges that the pandemic poses to field research. Watch the panel in the video above.

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NEW BOOK

Stories From the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science

My new co-edited volume with Ora Szekely on fieldwork is now available (use code CUP30 for 30% off with Columbia University Press). 44 political scientists from a diverse range of biographical and academic backgrounds tell stories and give advice based on their research in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, ranging from archival work to interviews with combatants. The contributors reflect not only on their own experiences but also on larger questions about research ethics, responsibility, and the effects of their personal and professional identities on their fieldwork. Stories from the Field is a great resource for graduate and undergraduate students learning about field research methods, as well as established scholars contemplating new journeys into the field.

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NEW BLOG POST: The Two Faces of Kurdistan: Nationalism vs. Communalism

In a new blog post with Boston College PhD student Sam Biasi in Political Violence @ a Glance, we argue that the dominant Kurdish groups in Iraq (KDP and PUK) and Turkey (PKK) represent two distinct visions for the future of Kurdish politics: nationalism and communalism. We detail how Syria has become the ideological and military battleground for these clashing visions, and how the most effective strategy for the Kurds depends on which vision, if either, wins out. 

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