Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab (IPL) at ETH Zurich. My primary research is in comparative politics and international relations with a focus on authoritarian media, political violence, and migration and refugees. To study these topics, my research combines fieldwork, causal inference, and machine learning.

I received my Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2021. Prior to that, I was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. I grew up in Amman, Jordan and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government.

My research has been published or is forthcoming in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis, International Studies Quarterly, and Political Science Research and Methods. It has also been covered in several popular outlets, including Freakonomics, BBC Arabic, The Economist, The Times, The Daily Mail, Al Jazeera, Spiegel Online, Le Figaro, la Republica, and Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

My research has been supported by Innovations for Poverty Action’s Peace and Recovery Program, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN), and Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, among others.

You can contact me via email at ala.alrababah [at] gess.ethz.ch or follow me on twitter at @a_alrababah.