ESSAYS, REPORTS, AND COMMENTARY

I write extensively on topics related to conflict, violence, gender, and military organizations in the Middle East and North Africa. My broader intellectual engagement addresses issues related to the ethical, methodological, and security challenges of research in fragile and violence-affected spaces in addition to the politics of knowledge creation. I have authored essays for Foreign Policy, Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Political Violence @ a Glance, the Middle East Report, the London School of Economics' Middle East Center Blog, and the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage. I occasionally provide media commentary on issues such as women’s recruitment into and participation in ISIS, refugees and displaced persons, the politics of humanitarian aid, and the Syrian Civil War.

In a somewhat different vein, I have also been interviewed by outlets including the BBC, Radio France Internationale, France Inter, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation regarding the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

 
 
The ruins of Khiam prison camp in South Lebanon

The ruins of Khiam prison camp in South Lebanon

CONFLICT AND THE MIDDLE EAST

The West Needs to Take the Politics of Women in ISIS Seriously.” Foreign Policy. With Kanisha D. Bond, Kate Cronin-Furman, Meredith Loken, Milli Lake, and Anna Zelenz.

"How the Houthis Became "Shi'a". Middle East Report Online. With Anna Gordon.

"How to watch 'Star Wars' like an insurgent." The Monkey Cage.

Wartime sexual violence is not just a ‘weapon of war.’” The Monkey Cage. With Kerry F. Crawford and Amelia Hoover Green.

Educational Aftershocks for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon.” Middle East Research and Information Project Blog.

(In)discriminate language on Gaza.” The Monkey Cage. With Evgeny Finkel.

"Refugee 101: Palestinians in Lebanon Show Refugees from Syria the Ropes." Middle East Report Online.


METHODOLOGY, ETHICS, AND FIELD PREPAREDNESS

The Dignity of Complexity: Being Human in Political Science.” Qualitative and Multi-Method Research 16(1): 39-41. (Special symposium in memory of Dr. Lee Ann Fujii).

The Ethics of Fieldwork Preparedness.” Political Violence @ a Glance. With Milli Lake.

Through the Looking Glass: Information Security and Middle East Research.” POMEPS Studies 24: New Challenges to Public and Policy Engagement. Washington, DC: Project on Middle East Political Science.

Transparency in Intensive Research on Violence: Ethical Dilemmas and Unforeseen Consequences.” Qualitative and Multi-Method Research 13(1): 22-27. With Elisabeth Jean Wood. 

Towards an Ethics of Sight: Violence Scholarship and the Arab Uprisings.” London School of Economics Middle East Center Blog. 

Practical Ethics: How U.S. Law and the “War on Terror” Affect Research in the Middle East.” POMEPS Studies 8: Ethics and Research in the Middle East. Washington, DC: Project on Middle East Political Science.

Front page of a clandestine Palestinian newspaper published in 1980s Lebanon

Front page of a clandestine Palestinian newspaper published in 1980s Lebanon