I joined the Department of Geography at Ohio State University as a SBS Postdoctoral Fellow in the fall of 2014. I am coming to OSU from Syracuse University where I received my PhD in Geography in December 2013. I was also a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Syracuse University during the 2013-14 academic year.
My research explores the relationship between national securitization, liberal warfare, and transnational linkages and encounters between the U.S. and the North Africa/Middle East region. My current book project, “From the American People:” Aid, Counterinsurgency, and the U.S. Security State in Palestine, details the operation of the U.S. security state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip through a civilian regime of aid workers, non-governmental organizations, development and private contractors, local entrepreneurs, and foreign experts. Drawing on fifteen months of ethnographic research in the Palestinian territories, I examine how counterterrorism and counterinsurgency strategies are being mobilized through the networks of aid governance. My next project, A Global Geography of U.S. Terrorism Law, examines the deepening entanglements of terrorism law and global assemblages of war and policing.
I have designed and taught both upper and lower-level undergraduate courses in geography and in the humanities. At Syracuse University, I taught an undergraduate course on borders, mobility, and global change, and a second on historical and contemporary encounters between the U.S. and the Middle East. I have also taught an upper-division undergraduate course, Geographies of the Middle East, which serves as an introduction to contemporary trends in the political geography of the modern Middle East.