I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Psychology of Intergroup Conflict and Reconciliation Lab (PIRC) at the Hebrew University in Israel. My research centers around intergroup contact in ethnically polarized settings with focus on the Mediterranean region. I am a trained mixed-method scholar who places great emphasis on translating research knowledge into policy and practice. Before joining GSPIA, I worked with various grassroots and international organizations in the sphere of civil and human rights advocacy, specifically as they relate to refugees, indigenous populations, and other marginalized communities.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, I was generously awarded the USIP Peace Scholar Fellowship and the American Councils Title VIII Research Scholarship to conduct research on my dissertation, which is titled: "Conflict Prevention and Transformation: A Study of Intergroup Contact Between Ethnic Groups in Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina."