I specialise in political violence and army-society relations with a focus on the Middle East. I currently hold a lectureship in Middle East Politics at Leiden University. Before joining Leiden, I have held research and teaching positions at the George Washington University, the University of Oxford, the American University of Beirut and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
In my research, I have examined various aspects of conflict involving state and non-state actors, with a focus on Hezbollah and the Armed Forces in Lebanon and Syria. My current project focuses on the nexus between borders, violence and political authority in the Arab Levant.
Part of this research has appeared or is forthcoming in Geopolitics, Oxford University Press, Springer, Palgrave, Les Cahiers de la Méditerranée, the Italian Journal of Public Policies, Il Mulino, Laterza, Il Manifesto and Huffington Post.