I am a Ph.D. candidate in international relations at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. My research focuses on international security and  the politics of the Middle East and South Asia. I am particularly interested in the spectrum of intra-state conflict from civil resistance to civil war.  My dissertation examines factors affecting resistance movements’ usage of violent and non-violent strategies.  My research has been supported by the Eisenhower Institute, the Bradley Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University and the International Security Studies Program at The Fletcher School. Previously, I worked as a foreign and defense policy aide in the  in the U.S. House of Representatives.