I am originally from Cardiff in South Wales of British and Syrian heritage. My undergraduate degree is in Politics and Modern History from Brunel University, part of the University of London group. I spent a couple of semesters at SUNY Brockport, part of the State University of New York system. As part of my undergraduate degree I researched for an MP in the House of Commons, and a U.S. Senator in the United State Senate in Washington, D.C. My post graduate degrees are from University at Buffalo, where I received my M.A. in Political Science and Binghamton University where I received my PhD in Political Science. I previously worked in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
My research examines processes that affect the civility of relations between government and its citizens. In particular I am interested in how integration into the international economic system affects the onset of civil war and human rights abuses within countries. My individual and collaborative work, cross-national in nature, is conducted within the framework of behavioral political science.