Fellowships

 

Research Fellow, Middle East Initiative, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs (2017).

 

Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Qatar (2013).

 

Awards

 

Early-Career Excellence in Research and Creative Achievement Award. University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences (2018).

 

SERMEISS Book Award, Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society, for Why Alliances Fail: Islamist and Leftist Coalitions in North Africa (2019).

 

SERMEISS Article Award, Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society, for “The Autocrat’s Advisors: Opening the Black-Box of Ruling Coalitions in Tunisia’s Authoritarian Regime.” (with Mehdi Ayari) (2019).

Grants as a faculty member

2013 - present

 

“International Safeguards, Export Control, and Nonproliferation Course for Fall 2022.” Oak Ridge National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy (2020). Under review.

 

“University Engagement for Nuclear Nonproliferation Courses at the University of Tennessee for 2021-22.” Oak Ridge National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy (with Brandon Prins) (2020). Under review.

 

“University Engagement for Nuclear Nonproliferation Courses at the University of Tennessee for 2020-21.” Oak Ridge National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy (with Brandon Prins) (2019).

 

“University Engagement for Nuclear Nonproliferation Courses at the University of Tennessee for 2019-20.” Oak Ridge National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy (with Brandon Prins) (2018).

 

“University Engagement for Nuclear Nonproliferation Courses at the University of Tennessee for 2018-19.” Oak Ridge National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy (with Brandon Prins) (2017).

 

“Racism and Refugees: Exploring Opposition to sub-Saharan African Migrants in Morocco.” Harvard University, Middle East Initiative, Faculty Research Grant (with Kyung Joon Han and Kristin Fabbe) (2017).

 

“University Engagement for Nuclear Nonproliferation Courses at the University of Tennessee for 2017-18.” Oak Ridge National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy (with Brandon Prins) (2016).

 

Exploring Citizen Attitudes toward the Weaponization of Peaceful Nuclear Technology in the Middle East and North Africa.” University of Tennessee, Institute for Nuclear Security (2015).

 

“(Mis)managing Authoritarian Coalitions in Tunisia: Minister Survival from Colonial Independence to Democratic Revolution.” University of Tennessee, Scholarly Research and Incentive Fund (2014).

Grants as a doctoral student

2008 - 2013

 

“Mauritania fieldwork for 2012.” Project for Middle East Political Science (2012).

 

“Mauritania fieldwork for 2012.” American Institute for Maghrib Studies (2012).

 

“Elections Monitor for the 2011 Tunisian Constituent Assembly Elections.” Jimmy Carter Presidential Center (2011).

 

“Morocco & Tunisia fieldwork for 2010-2011.” U.S. Institute of International Education, David Boren Fellowship (2010).

 

“Doctoral-level Arabic literature, culture, and politics courses.” University of Texas, Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) (2006).

 

“Intensive Arabic in Damascus, Syria for 2006-2007.” U.S. Institute of International Education, David Boren Scholar.

 

Unsuccessful grant applications

 

“Refugees and Racism: An Original Survey on Attitudes of Prejudice toward Arab and Black African Refugees in Morocco.” Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Qatar (with Kyung Joon Han) (2016).

 

“Who Supports Authoritarianism? Individual Insecurity and Democratic Rollback in the Middle East.” National Science Foundation. (with Jason Brownlee, University of Texas and Steven Brooke, University of Louisville) (2015).

 

“Modeling the Behavior and Geography of Violent Non-State Groups using Arabic, Turkish, and Hindi Sources.” (with Brandon Prins, Krista Wiegand, and Hyun Kim) (2015 & 2016).

 

“Healthcare for All Gulf Citizens? Geospatial Mapping of Hospital Accessibility in Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States.” Qatar National Research Fund (2013).