I am an Assistant Professor of political science at Brigham Young University. I earned my PhD at Harvard in 2020 and my BA at BYU in 2013.
I have two areas of research. The first focuses on ethnic and religious politics; in this area, I am particularly interested in how citizens’ political behavior is affected by their status as members of minority or majority groups. My second area of research focuses on belief in and state promulgation of political conspiracy theories, particularly ones in which the US or the West feature as a perpetrators.
Most of my projects are based in countries in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) and Southeast Asia regions.
Exploring why Muslims respond more than Hindus to pressure to contribute to public goods in slums in Delhi, India in a survey experiment from 2018.
Comparing regime-associated with independent newspapers in Egypt, we explore the factors that lead the Egyptian state to promulgate conspiracy theories in state-sponsored media from 2005 to 2018.
A conjoint experiment in 10 MENA countries examines the micro- and macro-level factors that determine support for US-related conspiracy theories in 2018–2019.