Political Science & International Relations
Broadly, my research focuses on understanding how different groups (be it diasporas, Americans or Europeans) mobilize politically and react to conflicts abroad. My specific research interests include diasporic and ethnic politics, humanitarian intervention, international security, causes of political violence, Muslims and minorities in the West, and transatlantic relations. I have conducted field research in United Kingdom, Italy and the United States, and my research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Middle East Journal, and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (also see Google Scholar). My monograph, Western Muslims and Conflicts Abroad was published by Routledge in 2016 (flyer). Before Marist, I taught classes in international relations and comparative politics at the University of Delaware, and Washington College (Maryland), the 10th-oldest college in the US.
Besides English, I am also fluent in Latvian (native) and Russian, intermediate in French, and am currently learning Mandarin Chinese. My hobbies include traveling, running, swimming and tennis.
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