Short Bio

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Franklin and Marshall College, teaching two sections of Comparative Politics and Politics of the Middle East. 

Trained in Comparative Politics and International Relations, I received my Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Department of Political Science in June 2016. My work centers on questions of democratization and religious participation primarily in the context of Muslim-majority countries. Asking questions about the indispensability of secularism for democracy, examining the possibility of a "democracy without democrats" and taking a closer look at the types of religiosity in political life, my ongoing book project investigates the impact of religiously-oriented political parties in the democratic quality in the Islamic world. 

In addition, I am interested in the development and evolution of policy programs over time, and one of my current projects focuses on the changes in the conceptualization and use of the term "democracy" in Islamic party programs. Another project I am working on, with Amie Kreppel, approaches this question of change through a close examination of the European Commission's work programmes over the years, in order to create a more understanding of the agenda-setting powers of the Commission within the larger political system of the European Union.

Academic Positions

  • 2016-PresentVisiting Assistant Professor

    Government Department -Franklin and Marshall College
  • 2015Instructor

    Department of Political Science -University of Florida
  • 2011-2016Graduate Assistant

    Department of Political Science and Center for European Studies - University of Florida

Selected Awards

2015 Course Development Grant

Center for European Studies, University of Florida

2013 Best Graduate Student Paper

Department of Political Science, University of Florida

2014 ASMEA Travel Grant

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa Annual Conference

Selected Publications

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Leading the Band or Just Playing the Tune? Reassessing the Agenda-Setting Powers of the European Commission

with Amie Kreppel. Comparative Political Studies 0010414016666839, first published on September 20, 2016  doi:10.1177/0010414016666839

List of Publications