School of International Service
- I have recently returned from living in Cairo, Egypt for two years as a National Security Fellow researching social media and its role in democratizing the Middle East, which predicted the occurrence of the Arab Spring. I worked with the grassroots groups, youth activists and refugees behind the democratization movement in the region from Egypt, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, the Sudan, and even Saudi Arabia. I have lived and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, not only meeting political activists, but also political dignitaries and religious leaders. My research focuses on a broad array of topics pertaining to International Relations and Middle East Politics: Democratization, social media and political dissent, political Islam, peace and conflict in the Middle East, and political economy. Most recently, my research focuses on Nation-Building in the Arab Spring Nations and the challenges of the new Islamist governments. I have taught a variety of courses on the region such as The Arab Spring, Egyptian Politics, Sudan and Darfur, Iranian Politics, Islam and the West, Peace and Conflict in the Middle East.
DegreesPhD, Claremont Graduate University, MA, Claremont Graduate University, BA, Scripps College
Favorite Spot on Campus:The SIS Building and Davenport Lounge
Book Currently Reading:Islam and the Arab Awakening, by Tariq Ramadan.
Languages Spoken:French, Arabic, Italian, and Japanese
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Democratization, the Darfur conflict, Political Transitions and State building, with an emphasis on the phenomenon of Militarization of the State and Authoritarianism; economic inequality in Egypt, non-state actors, Political Islam and Islamist Movements, the role of religion and the state in the Islamic world, US foreign policy in the Middle East, ethnic/ religious conflict (i.e. sectarian division between Shia’s and Sunnis), the challenges to political development in the Arab Gulf Nations and the causes of terrorism.
I am currently working on currently working on manuscript revisions for the publication of my dissertation. Forthcoming Publications, Jan. 2013: Edited Volume: Intercultural Communication with Arabs, Palgrave MacMillan. Chapter: “Social Media as a Stimulus for Democratization in the Middle East."
- Al-Arabiyya: Interview, Documentary on Sufism in the Sudan, 2011.
- Ariana TV: Afghanistan Satellite Television, Topic: “Women in Afghanistan and the Islamic World,” 2011.
- Middle East Analysis; Fox News: “The Roots of Anti-American Protests in the Middle East,” Sept. 24, 2012.
- CBS-WUSA: Middle East Analysis Protests in Cairo and the Investigation in Libya, Sept. 12, 2012.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- National Security Fellow, 2010-2011
- Keynote Speaker: University of California, Irvine, Rainbow Festival, “The Power of Words: The Role of Cyber-Dissent in Democratizing the Middle East.” Sponsors: UCI Cross Cultural Center, Center for Citizen Peace-building, Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, Center for the Study of Democracy, School of Social Sciences.
- Oldenburg International Relations Lecture Series, Pomona College: Reflections on the “Arab Spring” and the Role of Cyber-Dissent in Democratizing the Middle East ”The Role of Cyber-Dissent in Democratizing the Middle East."
Work In Progress
- Political Islam and the Sufi Tradition in North Africa, forthcoming .anuscript.