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I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

My research focuses broadly on the decision by terrorist organizations to deploy women and children in various roles. Specifically, my dissertation explores the multiple roles, both violent and non-violent, that terrorist organizations assign to female members.

The National Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Chemical Crystallography Symposium 2023


Gender Dynamics in Terrorist Organizations

What roles do men and women tend to take on in terrorist organizations?

Children Operatives in Terrorist Organizations

Why do terrorist organizations deploy children in operative roles such as violent suicide attacks?

Terrorist Tactics as Organizational Identity

How do the tactics a terrorist organization chooses help to define and create the organization's identity?

Organizational Theories for Terrorist Groups

How can organizational theories outside of terrorism studies shed light on persistent terrorist group dynamics and challenges?


2015 -

Syracuse University

Ph.D. in Political Science

2015 - 2016

Syracuse University

M.A. in Political Science

2009 - 2013

Binghamton University

B.A. in Political Science and Arabic Studies

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