I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, where I teach courses on democracy, comparative politics, and research methodology. I was previously an Instuctor of Political Science at Texas Tech University, and Assistant Professor (Fixed-Term) of Political Science at Michigan State University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State in 2021, and my Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Economics from Grand Valley State University in 2015. From 2019-2021 I served as Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right.
My fields of study include comparative politics and research methodology. My own area of research focuses on democratic stability, radical parties, populism, elections, and political economy. My current research agenda is largely focused on the rise and rule of the radical-right in Europe, analyzing (1) how they get elected, (2) the dynamics of their transition from opposition protester to governing party, and (3) the effects this rule has on the countries in which they govern.
I have also conducted, or am in the process of conducting research on electoral turnout, government durability, the diffusion of populism, the origins of inequality, and national healthcare spending. My research has been published or is forthcoming in Government and Opposition, Party Politics, and Electoral Studies among other journals and edited volumes.
I am a proud Canadian citizen born to an Egyptian-immigrant father and a Greek-immigrant mother, an avid world traveler, and an enthusiastic fan of space and NASA. My favorite hobbies include both cooking and eating large meals, and (poorly) playing old Greek music on the bouzouki.