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 is entitled Intolerant Clerics: Inter-Elite Competition and Anti-Minority Mobilization in Indonesia and 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.
I am currently a Visiting Scholar at the Centre d'études de l'Asie de l'Est at the Université de Montréal. 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.