My dissertation research focuses on communal groups whose identities trouble the identity narratives of civil wars through examining the experiences of “minority” groups whose ethnic or sectarian identity does not neatly fit the “master cleavage” narrative in times of intrastate conflict. I am studying the experiences of “minority” communities during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1991), the ongoing civil war in Syria and the second war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (1998-2003). I attempt to theorize how political institutions, diaspora connections, the international environment and communities’ understandings of the conflict influence group decision making processes in times of conflict.

My field research has been carried out in Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia, Germany, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.