I am a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Belfer Center’s International Security Program and a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of Maryland.

My research explores individual level behavior in conflict environments. I am interested in how violence affects individual attitudes and decision making.

I conducted field work in active conflict zones (Yemen, Iraq, Ukraine, and Palestinian territories) and post-conflict regions: Balkans (Bosnia, Kosovo, and Croatia), Africa (DR Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi), Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan), and Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan).

My papers were published in American Economics Journal: Applied Economics, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research and Journal of Experimental Political Science and public press articles appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, The New Republic and Baltimore Sun among others. Also, I am a contributor to the Political Violence @ a Glance blog.


Jalawla (Iraq), July 2015

Department of Government & Politics

University of Maryland

Phone: (240) 646 2302