I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, with affiliations in the Hawaiʻi Research Center for Futures Studies and the International Cultural Studies Program. My teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of international relations and transnational Middle East politics, focusing on issues of security, gender, technology, visuality, and popular culture. Most recently, I received the 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar Award in the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program, and was a visiting scholar at Abu Dhabi University and the University of Qatar from January to June 2017. My work has been published in Security Dialogue, Globalizations, and the Journal of Critical Globalization Studies. I am also an Associate Editor for the journal International Political Sociology.
My first book, Optics of Capture: Platform Desires in an Age of Intervention, considers how digital infrastructures and the production of user-generated content in the Middle East are appropriated by states, markets, and international organizations alongside gendered logics and practices of securitization and intervention to produce novel geographies of women’s rights, sexual violence, and political participation. My second major research project, for which I received the Fulbright award, examines how 'fun' organizes politics in the Gulf at multiple spatial and temporal scales, as well as the politics of play within highly-variegated spaces of consumerism, elite mobility, and cultural governance.
I teach courses on global politics, international relations, Middle East politics, political theory, feminist theory, gender and sexuality, U.S. foreign policy, and the politics of media.