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I am a historical and cultural sociologist of revolutions, state building, and grassroots militias, specializing on Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Based on detailed historical findings, I write about cultural practices as a sociologist, and about contemporary US-Middle East politics as an Iran expert.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies. In September 2022, I will start as the Associate Professor of the History and Politics of Iran at Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and the Middle East Centre and a fellow of St Antony's College.

I earned my PhD in sociology at the University of Chicago in 2018, and have previously worked as the Grinspoon Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.