Defining Political Choices: Tunisia's Second Democratic Elections from the Ground Up

In a report for the Brookings Center for Middle East Politics, Elizabeth Nugent and I use a unique survey fielded during the 2014 parliamentary elections to shed light on the priorities and preferences of those political actors that democratization seeks to empower— voters. With challenges ranging from border security to employment, how do Tunisian voters decide how to cast their ballots? And to what extent do the policy programs of Tunisian parties mirror the views and commitments of their constituents?

We'll discuss our findings at a Brookings lunch event on June 16, 2015. Click here for the paper. 

 A map of governorates surveyed for this project. 

The Durability of Revolutionary Protest Coalitions? Bridging Revolutionary Mobilization and Post-Revolutionary Politics

Contemporary revolutions are most successful when the opposition can cobble together a socially and ideologically diverse group of anti-regime protesters. But what are the ramifications of these negative coalitions for politics once the revolutionary dust has settled, and the work of "transitioning" has begun?

 A unique dataset of protest surveys sheds some light on the roots of collective action during a democratic transition. 

A unique dataset of protest surveys sheds some light on the roots of collective action during a democratic transition. 

I presented this paper at the MESA 2015 meeting, and at the Princeton-AUB workshop on economic development and social justice in the Arab world. The paper is currently under review. 

Was the Revolution Tweeted? New Media and Old Networks in the Egyptian Revolution


Liz Nugent and I argue that revolutionary mobilization-via-twitter shouldn't be studied in a vacuum, but rather in comparison with more longstanding, "traditional" interpersonal networks, like civic organizations, unions, and religious communities. National survey data from the Arab Barometer lets us examine Interactions and overlaps between "new" and "old" networks.   

We presented a working paper at the POMEPS annual conference in May 2014. The paper is currently under review. 

Book Chapter: Aid, Resettlement, and Refugee Policy in Syria

Contribution to the Middle East Institute's 2011 book on displacement and refugee aid in the Middle East. A vast majority of the world's refugees remain in their neighboring states of first asylum, regardless of that state's capacity or willingness to provide adequate care. While Syria's Iraqi refugee politics were relatively open during the early years of the Iraq war, the failure of international actors to relieve the burden of refugee hosting during the crucial years of 2006 and 2007 greatly influenced the country's slide toward more restrictive policies.

You can read the article in pdf here

Bordering On Conventional: The Politics of Iraqi Resettlement to the US and Europe, 2003 - 2011

Of some 2.5 million Iraqi citizens internationally displaced in the wake of Operation Iraqi Freedom, less than 100,000 had achieved permanent international resettlement by 2011. Whereas resettlement to the US increased belatedly following a "strategic" reframing of the Iraqi refugee crisis in 2007, failure in Europe's implementation of the Common European Asylum System, compounded by enhanced restrictions on interstate refugee movement, caused a "race to the bottom" in European Iraqi asylum policies during this time. 

For the journal Refuge's special issue on Iraqi refugees