I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Columbia University, specializing in comparative politics and international relations, with a focus on political violence, conflict, radicalization and extremism. I will join the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy as an Assistant Professor in fall 2017.
My dissertation examines how the Islamic State exploits rising anti-Muslim hostility in the wake of terrorist attacks to recruit foreign fighters in the West. The research draws on an ongoing data collection on the online behavior of over a million users linked to the Islamic State on Twitter. My other projects study the effect of war on pro-social behavior, the impact of terrorism on the dissemination of right-wing ideology in popular media, and the degree to which counter-radicalization programs reduce support for extremist ideologies on social media.
Prior to Columbia, I worked four years as a counterterrorism research officer in the Israeli Directorate of Military Intelligence and one year in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I hold M.Phil. and M.A in Political Science from Columbia University and a B.A., summa cum laude, in Politics with Highest Honors from New York University.