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London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | London, England
Doctor of Philosophy, Department of International Relations 1997 - 2000

University of Southern California (USC) | Los Angeles, CA
Master of Arts, School of International Relations 1994 - 1996

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) | Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Arts, Department of Political Science 1990 - 1993



Research Fellowships

United States Institute of Peace (USIP) | Washington, DC
Solicited Grant, Suicide Bombers: Politics, Reason and Faith in Extreme Violence, 2003 - 2005

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation | New York, NY
Dissertation Fellowship 1998 - 1999

United States Information Agency (USIA) | Amman, Jordan
American Center of Oriental Research 1998 - 1999





Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World (Lynne Rienner, 2003)

Book Chapters

"A Tragedy of Errors: Thwarted Democratization and Islamist Violence in Algeria" in William Crotty, ed. Democratic Development and Political Terrorism (Northeastern University Press, 2005)

"From Marginalization to Massacres: Explaining GIA Violence in Algeria" in Qunitan Wiktorowicz, ed. Islamic Activism: A Social Movement Theory Approach (Indiana University Press, 2004)

"Violence as Contention in the Egyptian Islamic Movement" (co-authored with Quintan Wiktorowicz) in Islamic Activism: A Social Movement Theory Approach (Indiana University Press, 2004)




Articles in Refereed Journals

"Armed Islamist Movements and Political Violence in Algeria" The Middle East Journal, Autumn 2000, 54, 4

"Explaining the Origins of Islamic Resurgence: Islamic Revivalism in Egypt and Indonesia" The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, Fall 1997, 22, 3

Book Reviews in International Journal of Middle East Studies

Camille al-Tawil, The Armed Islamic Movement in Algeria: From the FIS to the GIA (Arabic, 2002)
Khaled Haroub, Hamas: Political Thought and Practice (2002)
Quintan Wiktorowicz, The Management of Islamic Activism (2002)
Andrea Nusse, Muslim Palestine: The Ideology of Hamas (1998)

Book Reviews in Millennium: Journal of International Studies

Magnus Ranstrope, Hizb'allah in Lebanon: The Politics of the Western Hostage Crisis (1998)
Andrew J. Pierre and William B. Quandt, The Algerian Crisis: Policy Options for the West (1998)
Scott Hibbard and David Little, Islamic Activism and US Foreign Policy (1998)
Yagil Levy, Trial and Error: Israel's Route from War to De-escalation (1998)
Yezid Sayigh, Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement (1998)
Avraham Sela and Moshe Ma'oz, The PLO and Israel: From Armed Conflict to Political Solution (1998)



Teaching Experience

University of Missouri - Kansas City | Kansas City, MO
Visiting Professor 2002 - present

Currently teaching courses on Islam and World Politics, Politics of the Middle East, Terrorism and Political Violence, Religion and Politics, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

USC School of International Relations | Los Angeles, CA
Teaching Assistant 1996 - 1997

Assisted in teaching a course on International Relations Theory and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences

Polytechnic School | Pasadena, CA
Director of Speech and Debate 1996 - 1997

Taught students the principles of speech and debate and prepared them for inter-school speech and debate competitions



Professional Experience

Sprint - Education and Development | Kansas City, KS
Educational Consultant, 2001 - 2004

Produced instructional curriculums for managers and staff, and managed teams of instructional writers, graphics artists, and multimedia programmers to develop e-learning tutorials

University Access | Los Angeles, CA
Curriculum Manager, 2000 - 2001

University Access is an e-learning company that specializes in developing online education for Universities. Responsibilities included interviewing subject matter experts to determine learning objectives and managing teams of instructional designers to develop web-based education

Pacific Council on International Policy | Los Angeles, CA
Program Assistant, 1996 - 1997

Assisted in drafting and editing profiles of Pacific Rim international policy institutions for publication in a directory entitled International Policy Institutions Around the Pacific Rim (Lynne Rienner, 1998)

USC Center for International Studies | Los Angeles, CA
Research Assistant, 1995 - 1996

Organized the "Re-Thinking Security" and "Editor's Choice" seminar series



Honors and Awards

Second Prize in the USC Center for International Studies 1996-1997 Student Essay Competition
Honorarium granted by the USC Center for International Studies 1994-1995 Student Essay Competition
Granted membership into Phi Beta Kappa, 1993
Gibran Khalil Gibran Educational Fund, Inc. academic scholarship, 1992
Granted membership into The National Golden Key Honor Society, 1992
First Place National Award for persuasive speaking by the Intercollegiate Peace Speech Association, 1990
Third Place Award for persuasive speaking by the Tabor-Venitsky Invitational Speech Tournament, 1990



Conferences and Symposia

Duke University, Workshop on the Study of Islamist Networks, February 21 - 23, 2003

Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting. Panel Chair, Islam and Political Institutions, November 2002

University of Missouri - Kansas City, Department of Political Science Symposium on September 11: One Year into America's War on Terrorism. Presented paper on "U.S. - Muslim Relations since 9/11," September 2000

University of Chicago, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Sixth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the Modern Middle East. Presented paper on "Political Islam between Accommodation and Militancy," April 1997

Columbia University, Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. Presented paper on " The Origins and Rise of East Asia's Newly Industrialized Countries," February 1996




Spoken eastern colloquial Arabic = Excellent
Spoken classical Arabic = Proficient
Reading classical Arabic = Excellent
Writing classical Arabic = Fair



Affiliations and Memberships

Member, Middle East Studies Association, 1996-2005
Member, Editorial Board of Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 1997-1998
Member, The Middle East Institute, 1996-2005
Member, UCLA Speech and Debate Team, 1990-1993


Personal Information

Date of Birth: 17 December 1970
Nationality: US Citizen
Marital Status: Married w/ one adorable baby boy


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