Ph.D. Candidate In Political Science, University Of Toronto
Incoming SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cornell University
I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Toronto, Canada. My work examines ethnic and religious conflicts in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and Myanmar, where I conducted extensive fieldwork.
At the core of my research agenda is an urgent question: When is religion a force for peace and when does it become a driver of violent conflict? My dissertation - entitled Radical Leaders: Status, Competition, and Violent Islamic Mobilization in Indonesia - seeks to explain why some Muslim communities are more vulnerable to intolerant mobilization than others. I am also a scholar of ethnic conflict, civil war, and federalism. My other major research project focuses on Myanmar and examines its peace process and ongoing efforts at institutionalizing minority representation.
In December 2018, I will be a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. Over the years, I had the chance to be hosted by several institutions such as the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales, the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Centre for the Study of Islam and Society at the State Islamic University in Jakarta, and the Sociology department at the University of Indonesia. My work is supported by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship.