I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University.  My research examines the role of courts in authoritarian regimes and democratic transitions, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.  My dissertation looks at the high courts of Tunisia and Egypt since the 2011 revolutions.  I conducted fieldwork in both countries during the 2014-2015 academic year with funding from a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.
My research and teaching interests include comparative politics, judicial politics, Middle East politics, democratization, Islamic law, and comparative law.