I’m a fifth year doctoral student in Princeton University’s department of Politics, where I research the contemporary politics of the Middle East & North Africa. My research is supported by the Social Science Research Council and the American Institute for Maghreb Studies. 

My datasets include a survey of Tunisian protesters at competing pro- and anti-government rallies during the political crisis of 2013, an exit survey of Tunisian voters during the 2014 elections (collected with Liz Nugent and Sawti Sawt Chebab Tunis), and an event database of protests and sit-ins from 2005 - 2015 in Tunisia (ongoing). 

I have been learning Arabic slowly for 9 years. I have studied and worked in Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia.

I’m a former news videographer and non-academic writer. I worked as a video production fellow at Democracy Now! and before that as a producer at Radio Open Source for NPR. I’m committed to writing and making media about my scholarly research for non-specialists – see my Writing & Video page for some examples.

I’m a French/American New Jersey native (hence, “Chantal”) and I earned my BA from Brown University and my MA from Princeton.