Thank you for visiting my website. I earned my PhD in Political Science from the University of Kentucky specializing in international relations, comparative politics, and policy. I served as the primary instructor of introductory and upper-level political science courses in international relations, comparative politics, American government, Model United Nations, and research methods. I have also served as a teaching assistant for introductory and advanced courses at the University of Kentucky, Wright State University, and Berea College.
My research broadly focuses on international security and conflict, inter-state and intra-state conflict, regime change, international diplomatic recognition, and politics of international migration. My dissertation explored why states discontinue their support for an ongoing military coalition operation resulting in the premature abandonment of their partners. In studying coalition defection, I rely on a mixed-method approach that combines quantitative and qualitative analyses to evaluate my theoretical arguments using original and existing data. Beyond the dissertation, my current working projects explore the impact of international migration on political behavior and attitudes and the relationship between international recognition and conflict-related sexual violence.
Originally from Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, I hold a master’s degree in political science from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in international and comparative politics from Wright State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Berea College. Prior to academia in the US, I worked in different capacities with several international organizations in Afghanistan including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Deloitte Consulting LLP, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) led ISAF, and Hand in Hand International.
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