About Me


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Security Studies at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida. My research is focused on the intersections of civil-military relations, coup politics, authoritarianism, and democratization – with a regional focus on the Middle East & North Africa. My dissertation demonstrates the dynamics and consequences of civilian involvement in military coups. Specifically, I highlight the role of civilian constituencies in shaping post-coup political orders based on their sources of power. I use mixed methods to build and test my theory, relying on an originally-built dataset on civilian involvement in military coups between 1950-2017 and rich qualitative evidence from post-colonial Sudan and elsewhere.

To date, my research has been published or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals such as International Studies Review, Armed Forces & Society, Africa Spectrum, and Journal of Global Security Studies. My public-facing scholarship has been published in outlets such as The Washington Post, Just Security, The Loop, Political Violence at a Glance, The Cairo Review, and Tawazun: Index of Arab Civil-Military Relations. My writing and research have been cited in high-profile, non-academic outlets around the world like The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Deutsche Welle, La Nacion, Dabanga Sudan, and The Congressional Research Service. I currently serve as Co-Chair of the American Political Science Association’s Committee of Graduate Student Status in the Discipline. In addition, I am co-founder of the global online initiative, Jam3a: a Virtual MENA Workspace for Grad Students & Early Career Scholars, and founder/coordinator of Memoirs of the Middle East & North Africa. I also serve as a regular contributor at Arrested Dictatorship. I have also served as a Resident Graduate Fellow at the Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Program of Strategic Research and Studies and The India Center. My research is currently funded by the American Political Science Association.