I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. Previously I did postdoctoral fellowships with the Politics of Inequality Project at the University of Konstanz, Germany and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, USA.
My academic interests cover a range of topics, including politics and religion, identity politics, political behavior, political psychology, and political networks. Methodologically, I am interested in experimental methods, causal inference, Bayesian analysis, and computational methods.
My book project argues that one of the main reasons why Muslim countries have poorer interfaith relations than non-Muslim countries is because of the religiously homogeneous friendship networks of Muslims in Muslim countries. I demonstrate that these religiously homogeneous friendships shape negative interfaith attitudes by reinforcing exclusive religious identity. At the same time, while drawing attention to the importance of social networks in shaping political behavior in Muslim countries, I also highlight policy and social interventions aimed at promoting diverse friendships and enchancing the overall quality of interfaith ties
I obtained my Ph.D. in political science in May 2018 from the University of Notre Dame, USA. In addition to a Ph.D. in political science, I also have an M.S. in computational statistics and an M.A. in social psychology. In the summer of 2012, I interned as political data analyst for Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign Headquarters in Chicago.
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