Welcome! I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My research focuses on the Comparative Politics of the Middle East, with a particular interest in political economy, governance reform, and public sector activism.
I am passionate about mixed-methods research. I have experience conducting surveys and field experiments in Egypt and Iraq, and make extensive use of interview and social media data in my research. At MIT, I am affiliated with GOV/LAB and the Global Diversity Lab.
Before beginning my PhD, I worked for several years as a journalist, researcher, and analyst focused on governance, humanitarian aid, and the wartime economy in Syria. I also completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Jordan and graduated with a BA from Hamilton College and an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS, where I received the Christian A. Herter Award for Academic Excellence.
Though my given name is Elizabeth, most people call me “Biff,” a name that translates exceptionally poorly out of English. You can call me whichever name you’d prefer.
You can download my CV here.
PhD in Political Science, Ongoing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA in Middle East Studies, Conflict Management, and International Economics
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
BA in World Politics