A scholar of civil society in the Middle East, I study how civic groups and organizations work to build change from the ground up.
I am an Assistant Professor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a Faculty Affiliate of IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. I hold a PhD in Public Policy from Duke University. My research examines how nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropic foundations, and grassroots groups work to promote change in the Middle East. I have conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Qatar. My published research explores the strategies that Egyptian NGOs and foundations are using to advance the aims of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. My book manuscript on this topic is under review. My current research studies how grassroots groups are working to revive a spirit of voluntarism and solidarity in Palestinian civil society.