My research interests focus on migration and ethnic politics, security, minorities in the West, transatlantic relations and the interaction of European and Middle Eastern politics.
Currently, my main research focus is on completing a book manuscript explaining why similar migrant-background communities in the US and Europe react differently to violent conflicts abroad.
This project contributes to our understanding of conflict processes and activism in ethnic communities. It develops a theoretically sound and empirically rigorous explanation for why conflict spillovers (political violence in response to foreign policy events) occur in some migrant-background communities but not in others.
||“The Rise of the Fringe:Right Wing Populists, Islamists, and Politics in the United Kingdom.” (with Ryan McCabe, University of Delaware). Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 33 (2):171-184. 2013.|
||This paper examines the impact that radical right wing populist groups and hard-line Islamist groups have on each other and on political developments in the UK. In the UK, recent years have witnessed an emergence of a number of right-wing populist groups, notably the English Defense League. Such groups frequently see themselves in opposition to fringe conservative Islamist groups such as Islam4UK, a recent offshoot of the defunct Islamist group al-Muhajiroun. How do such fringe groups influence mainstream political discourse and politics through building connections with mainstream parties or moderate-leaning voters? This paper will apply mobilization theory to explain the evolution of these two groups. Through case studies of these two groups and their interaction, this paper shows that right wing populist and Islamist groups have managed to exert a significant influence on national discourse, but their electoral impact has been minor.|
||“Democratic Islamization in Pakistan and Turkey: Lessons for the Post-Arab Spring Muslim World.” Middle East Journal 66:273-289. 2012.|
||This article compares and contrasts democratic Islamization in Pakistan and Turkey, two countries where Islamic parties came to power through electoral means. Based on a comparative analysis of these experiences, this article will make the case that democratic Islamization can be best understood through a three-fold approach focusing on Islamization of educational systems, economies, and social policies. This analysis introduces two models of Islamic democracy: the “Conflicted Repressive Islamization“ of Pakistan, and the “Subtle Islamization“ of Turkey. It also suggests that the Turkish model will serve as the inspiration for future reformers in the Muslim world.|
||“Religion or Ethnicity? Middle Eastern Conflicts and American Arab-Muslim Protest Politics.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 18. 2012 .|
||This article argues that American Arab-Muslim political mobilization in response to conflicts abroad is predominantly influenced by their ethnic divisions and sectarian cleavages rather than shared religious commonalities. The article provides an analysis of Detroit's Arab-Muslim reactions to the conflicts in the Middle East from 2001-2009. It shows that while Arab-Muslims were particularly active in expressing their views on the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War and the winter 2009 Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, the Iraq War of 2003 did not generate noteworthy activism. Varied expressions regarding different Middle Eastern conflicts are predominantly influenced by the different national origins of various Arab populations.|
Defense and Security SECONDARY
International Relations PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
MUSLIMS IN THE WEST