Research Interests: Democratization, Democracy Promotion, Middle East

My research interests are democratic transitions, democracy promotion, and the role of religion in political institutions. I am interested in how democracies develop, why they emerge in some countries and not in others, and the ways in which outside actors (such as states and NGO’s) can influence these processes. While most of my research is centered on the Middle East, I am also interested in countries outside that region, especially in Eastern Europe and East Asia.  For my Master’s thesis, I explored the role of outside actors in democratic transitions through an in depth case study of the US response to the Arab Spring in Tunisia.

Current Projects:

With Matthew Bufford, “Does the European Neighborhood Policy Work?” [Working Paper, Presented at Midwest Political Science Association Conference April 2016]