hold degrees in history and sociology. My recent research deals with questions
of ethnic politics and political violence. I explore these themes in the
context of Middle East. A common thread that cuts across my work is the
role that violent opponents play on ethnic politics. The general idea that informs this effort has been to explore the ways in which institutional politics, insurgency
and activism are connected in conflict settings.
work-in-progress and future projects partly expand on this agenda. In one such
project, I examine how state repression changes
coethnics’ support for an ethnic platform. My contention is that violence has a
positive impact on ethnic politics primarily because it increases political
participation. This dynamic seems salient in the short-run: coethnics will join
an insurgency, stage a protest, and use conventional means at an increasing
rate. However, as state repression raises risks for collective mobilization, it
will force civilians to opt for safer options. I suspect that this is when the
most durable impact of state repression on ethnic politics will materialize:
Conventional channels (such as voting) will emerge as the ‘weapon of the weak’,
allowing the ethnic message to reach a wider audience.
others, my work has been published by Cornell University Press and Brookings
Institution. I also contribute regularly to academic blogs and media outlets,
including the Washington Post (Monkey Cage).