I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. I study why and how operational, service-delivery INGOs make first moves into new areas of activity and control, with particular focus on responses to refugee health needs after the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. My interests are in: non-state governance, INGOs, humanitarianism, aid, Middle East politics, state-non-state relations, security, international relations, and comparative politics.
I strive to be a strong scholar citizen – a scholar who is generous with her time and mentorship, open to disagreement and debate, and ready to share what she has learned. This website is a step in that direction.
I thank Fulbright Canada, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and the University of Toronto Faculty Association for their support of this research. I am grateful to my dissertation committee, including Matthew Hoffmann, Joseph Wong, Michael Barnett, and Steven Bernstein, as well as to mentors at the Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) and the Elliot School of International Affairs, at George Washington University where I was recently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.
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