I am PhD Candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I study international migration, with an emphasis on migration policy, time and waiting, immigrant incorporation and refugee resettlement. I am particularly interested in migration from and within the Middle East. I’ve spent extensive time researching and working with migrant populations in Germany and Turkey and collaborate locally in North Carolina with refugee resettlement organizations.
My work draws on both traditional qualitative methods as well as digital ethnography and textual and qualitative analysis of television news media, online immigration forums, and other online sources. Through analysis of online immigration forum posts, my dissertation examines the experiences, strategies, and consequences of temporary immigrants who are applying for green cards in the United States to become legal permanent residents. I am particularly interested in the centrality of time and waiting and the role of government institutions and policies in shaping this process.