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About Me 

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale-NUS College, and have a courtesy appointment at the National University of Singapore (NUS)'s Department of Political Science. I was a visiting Assistant Professor at The MacMillan Center at Yale University, and Middle East Initiative (MEI) post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Kenned School. I obtained my PhD in Politics from Princeton University.

I am a scholar of the political economy of development, with a primary focus on the Arab world. My scholarship examines two developmental challenges in particular: limited economic integration, and gender inequality. Pairing regional expertise with qualitative and quantitative methods, my work exposes the social, historical and international underpinnings of these barriers to prosperity in the Arab world, and beyond.   

​My research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals. My book manuscript, which stems from my award-winning dissertation, is under contract at Cornell University Press. I also lead the Small States in Peace and War Research Forum. Below are some of my current works in progress. 

Works in Progress

"The Blessings of Scarcity: The Institutional Origins of Smaller States' Prosperity," with Muhammad Bin Khalid (Revise and Resubmit, Perspectives on Politics).

"Candidate Qualifications and Out-Group Support: Evidence from Afghanistan,'' with Jasmine Bhatia (Under Review).

"The Blessings of Exit: Female Labor Migration and Gender Equality in Countries of Origin," with Lim Tian Jiao and Thiti Thitipankul.

"The Politics of Anti-Corruption Crackdowns in Jordan," with Sean Yom.  

"Electorate Size and Female Representation: Evidence from State Legislative Assemblies in India," with Isabella Gupta. 

"In the Shadows? Informal Enterprise and the State," with Kristin Fabbe and Allison Hartnett. 

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