Welcome! I am a PhD candidate in political science at Stanford University, a graduate fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab (IPL), and a PhD fellow at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. 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, machine learning, and experimental methods.
Prior to arriving at Stanford University, 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 covered in several 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. I have also written about my research in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.
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 alaa [at] stanford [dot] edu or follow me on twitter at @a_alrababah.