Short Bio

I am a postdoctoral research associate at the Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC) Project within the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. I’m working under the supervision of Professor Jacob Shapiro.

My research interests focus broadly around opinion dynamics, radicalization, social influence, and intergroup relationships. Methodologically, I integrate innovative information and communication technologies in political science and policy analysis issues. More specifically, I use a mix of approaches including text analysis, big data analytics, network analysis, machine learning, and agent-baed modeling to explore various drivers of social influence, emerging security threats to democracy, and political extremism.

Academic Positions

  • 2018 - present: Postdoctoral Research Associate at ESOC, Princeton University, NJ, USA.
  • 2016 - 2018: Post-doc at CNetS, School of Informatics, Indiana University Bloomington, IN, USA.
  • 2013 - 2016: Presidential Scholar, George Mason University, VA, USA.
  • 2015 (July): Visiting Scholar, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Doha, Qatar.
  • 2015 (Spring Semester): Visiting Scholar, Social Dynamics Lab, Department of Sociology, Cornell University, NY, USA.
  • 2010 - 2012: Research Assistant to Prof. Michael Lewis, School of Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • 2009 - 2010: Instructor, Department of Information Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD, USA.

Education

  • PhD, Computational Social Science, George Mason University, VA, USA, 2013 - 2016.
  • MSc, Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 2010 - 2012.
  • MSc, Industrial Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2007 - 2009.
  • BSc, Industrial Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2003 - 2007.