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Major — Comparative Politics
Minor — International Relations
I'm a 1st year PhD student, majoring in Comparative Politics with a minor in International Relations. My MA, which I obtained from McGill University in Montreal, spanned these two sub-disciplines, assessing Democratic Peace theory and conflict resolution at the intersection of domestic politics and international relations. As a Teaching Assistant at McGill I led discussions for courses on Foreign Policy of the Middle East, Russian and Soviet Politics and Post-communist Transitions. I am particularly interested in democratization and economic development in the Middle East. I spent the two years following my Master's living and working in the Middle East, researching conflict resolution and consulting various NGOs and private sector organizations on research priorities. I speak English, French and intermediate Arabic. I previously worked as a tree planter in northern Ontario and Alberta, where conservative estimates say I unintentionally swallowed 14,093 black flies.
Democratic Peace theory, civil conflict, nationalism and identity formation and Islamist politics. I have primarily focused my research on Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East.
MA McGill University
BA McGill University, Joint Honours Middle East Studies and Political Science Political Science
“Jemal ad-Din al-Afghani: A Critical Assessment of his Role in Egypt.” McGill Journal of Middle East Studies. Vol. 7 (2002): 71-97.“Sufi vs. Salafi: Examining the Islamist Elements in Chechnya.” Presented at the Annual ASN (Association for the Study of Nationalities) Conference at Columbia University. New York. April 15 2006.