I am a Center Associate at Davis Center (Harvard University) and PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland. In 2015-2018 I was a International Security Fellow at the Belfer Center (Harvard Kennedy School)

My research explores individual level behavior in conflict environments. I am interested in how exposure to 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), Asia (Bangladesh and Myanmar) and Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan).

In 2016-2017 I was embedded with Iraqi Special Operations Forces during Mosul Operation.

My papers were published in American Economics Journal: Applied Economics, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, World Development, and Journal of Experimental Political Science

My scholarship has been featured in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, BBC and Boston Globe. I have served as a commentator for a number of major media outlets, including The New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post and Vice News. I was featured in the The New Scientist for my field work. My public press articles appeared in Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, The New Republic and Baltimore Sun among others and I am a regular contributor to the Foreign Policy. 



Jalawla (Iraq), July 2015

Department of Government & Politics

University of Maryland

Phone: (240) 646 2302