I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Conflict Analysis at Sabanci University. I received my Ph.D. (2018) in Political Science from the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. I also have an M.S. (2012) in Economics from W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, an M.S. (2011) in Applied Economics from Sharif University of Technology, and a B.S. (2008) in Industrial Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology.
My research broadly focuses on political violence and conflict resolution. I am interested primarily in studying the dynamics of dissent-repression. Now, I am working on how the Internet affects the dynamics and outcomes of state-dissident online and offline interactions. On the methodology side, I apply machine-learning algorithms and data mining methods in forecasting political conflict.
In my free time, I watch and play soccer. I have been a fan of the Red Devils, Man United, since 1993, when they won the inaugural season of the Premier League. I also am a contemporary art enthusiast, so I enjoy visiting contemporary art museums and galleries.