I am a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a Ph.D. candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. My research spans international relations and comparative politics with a regional emphasis on the Middle East and South Asia. I am particularly interested in the spectrum of intrastate conflict dynamics ranging from contentious politics to civil war.  My doctoral dissertation, Between Mao and Gandhi: Strategies of Violence and Nonviolence in Revolutionary Movements,  examines variation in strategies employed by groups seeking to capture state power.  I have taught courses in international relations, political economy, and research methodology.  My work has been published or is forthcoming in Small Wars and Insurgencies, Journal of Public and International Affairs, al-Naklah, and Himalaya, and has been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Program on Negotiation, the Eisenhower Institute, and the Bradley Foundation. Previously, I worked as a foreign and defense policy aide in the U.S. House of Representatives.