Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Washington DC Research Director — 2014 to present
  • Oversee coordination of project management for ten ongoing and multi-method research projects, with findings cited in major research publications and international media
  • Created and implemented institutional research protocols from ground up, with a focus on social scientific and evidenced-based approach to policy-relevant analysis
  • Craft research strategy for new institute, expanding research initiatives across four countries, thematic areas, and scales of analysis, with direct influence on US and international policy discussions
  • Directly supervise research staff of up to four four, with oversight and coordination of up to ten research fellows, including goals and objectives-setting, advisement on methodology, and review of research production
  • Established internship program, now with participating interns from 12 universities, including outreach and promotion through networks and training and management of staff supervisors
  • Conduct own research with regular engagement in the field, published and presented findings in scholarly venues and delivered directly to key policymakers
  • Develop and manage strategic partnerships through network development within the United States and in the MENA region, and across the non-governmental, media, and academic sectors

Washington DC Co-editor, Maghreb Page — 2012 to present
  • Coordinated with leading scholars and experts to develop an agenda with critical analysis of politics and society of Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Algeria, and Mauritania
  • Produced multidisciplinary discussion on Western Sahara conflict, the first of its kind to bring together scholars and activists from across the region
  • Produced weekly roundup of most compelling stories on the Maghreb, with a particular focus to highlighting local perspectives

University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA Teaching Assistant — 2011 to 2013
  • Delivered lectures for over 300 students on contemporary topics of political economy
  • Developed instructor’s manual to be published in seminal global studies textbook to be published by UC Press
  • Nominated by students for a university-wide Excellence in Teaching award, with ratings in top 15% of over five hundred teaching assistants
  • Led section groups of around 20 students for sociology and global studies classes, reviewed and graded students’ work, and crafted lesson plans and exams in coordination with professor

EF Education

Denver, CO Account Manager — 2007 to 2011
  • Grew $3.5MM client portfolio with over one hundred accounts at twelve percent per year
  • Selected to conduct national and international presentations and teacher trainings on the educational benefits of international travel
  • Developed innovative approach to new leads sales by track new lead performance in sales pipeline and trained sales representatives on how to most effectively target leads

Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLC.

Boston, MA Paralegal — 2006 to 2007
  • Maintained calendar of deadlines and organizing efforts within firm and with local counsel
  • Presented over fifty pages per week of discovery requests and responses
  • Conducted research on wide variety of materials, including deposition statements, industrial and architectural charts and graphs

Research Experience

Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Principal Investigator, Egypt Security Watch
  • Designed and executed multi-method research project providing most comprehensive data on political violence and state response in Egypt
  • Project data has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and the Washington Post, among others
  • Deliver project findings to relevant policymakers, including briefings at the Department of Defense and to Congress

Self-directed Research

Rabat, Morocco
  • Developed funded proposal to conduct research in Morocco on character of political protest
  • Independently established network of contacts with activists and members of political organizations and conducted interviews in English and French

University of California Santa Barbara

Research Assistant — Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse
  • Developed charting system for HDI and Gini coefficient indicators across regions and countries
  • Credited for reseach: Nederveen Pieterse, J. (2012) Periodizing Globalization: Histories of Globalization. New Global Studies. 6:2. 1-25.
Research Assistant — Professor Richard Appelbaum and Worker Rights’ Consortium
  • Conducted economic evaluation of food basket relative to cost of living in Bangladesh across various employment sectors as member of a team of students and faculty to analyze wage data in countries dependent on textile industries.
  • Credited for research: Worker Rights’ Consortium. (2013) Global Wage Trends for Apparel Workers. Center for American Progress Working Paper.
  • Organized multi-stakeholder workshop on corporate social responsibility


University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara CA
Master of Arts in Global and International Studies — 2011 to 2013

MA Thesis: Seasons in Morocco: Deliberative Street Politics and Sacralized Dissent (under advisement of Paul Amar, Jan Nederveen Pieterse, and Richard Falk)

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Bachelor of Arts — 2003 to 2007

Concentrations: French, International Relations –Comparative Analysis France and North Africa


  • 2019, November: Middle East Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, Roundtable organizer: Advancing and Integrating Legal Scholarship in and on the Middle East.
  • 2019, June: RightsCon, Tunis, Tunisia, Panel organizer: Cyberwarfare and rights in the Middle East.
  • 2019, March: Untangling Popular Power, Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, Amman, Jordan, Panel chair: Media(ted) Populism.
  • 2017, February: International Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, Paper presented: Security Assistance and Arms Transfers to Egypt: Help or Hindrance?
  • 2017, February: Libya Policy Forum, Washington, DC, Conference organizer.
  • 2016, April: Security, Insecurity and Prospects for Peace in the Middle East and North Africa, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom, Conceptualizing Security between Narrative and Reality in Egypt
  • 2013, June: Global Studies Association North America Conference, Palos Verdes, CA, Contemporary Contours of Political Mobilization
  • 2013, February:   Santa Barbara Global Studies Conference, Santa Barbara, CA, Islam and Radical Democracy
  • 2013, February:   Workshop facilitator/presenter. UCSB Human Rights Week.  Santa Barbara, CA, Human Rights Repercussions of the “Arab Spring.”
  • 2012, February:   Santa Barbara Global Studies Conference. Santa Barbara, CA, Moroccan Judiciary in the Wake of the Arab Spring.


English: Fluent

French: Advanced

Arabic: Working Proficiency (Modern Standard, Egyptian, and Moroccan Arabic)