I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at Florida State University and am a graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law. While my research interests stretch broadly across the fields of political behavior and conflict, my current research agenda focuses primarily on the relationship between interpersonal trust, other-regarding preferences and collective action in the Middle East. I have taught courses on Middle Eastern politics, political violence, comparative politics, international relations and research methods at Franklin & Marshall College, the University of Louisville and Florida State University.