I am a second-year master’s student and graduate assistant in ISU’s Politics and Government department. My focus is Comparative Politics with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. My research interests include state formation, critical junctures, and how this affects regimes. I am currently working on a project on this topic, specific to Egypt. I am also currently working with Professors Cox and Sarfati as a graduate teaching assistant.
I am originally from Champaign (just an hour east of here), but have moved around a lot in my 20s, mostly on the east coast. I have an AA in Political Science from Parkland College; a BA in Political Science with a History minor and a Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies certificate from the University of Pittsburgh; and an MS in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University. I also served in AmeriCorps from 2018-2019, doing disaster recovery work in South Carolina. After completing my degree at ISU, I intend to pursue a PhD and work in academics.