Welcome! I am a political science PhD candidate at New York University and a Graduate Research Associate at NYU’s Social Media and Political Participation Lab (SMaPP). My research uses social media data, network analysis, and experiments to study mass and elite political behavior in the Arab World.

My dissertation offers new empirical insights into the drivers and mitigators of intergroup conflict in the post-Arab Spring period. The first paper uses Twitter and event data to show how Saudi clerics, royal family members, media outlets, extremist actors, and everyday citizens interact to spread hostile sectarian rhetoric in the aftermath of violent events. The second paper uses a nationally representative survey experiment in Lebanon and an online experiment across the Arab Twittersphere to evaluate what types of anti-bias interventions are most effective in reducing the spread of sectarian hate speech. Exploring the Islamist-Secular divide in post-coup Egypt, the third paper demonstrates that spending an additional year in an ideologically diverse online network is associated with a significant reduction in intolerant behavior over time. This dissertation research has received support from the National Science Foundation.

In related work with Jennifer Pan, I explore how the arrests of key opinion leaders in Saudi Arabia impact their online behavior as well as that of their followers. Focusing on online extremism, my forthcoming paper in the Journal of Language and Politics with Joshua Tucker explores the successes and limitations of ISIS’ online strategy.

I am a former Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo. I hold a Bachelor’s in International Relations and Arabic from Tufts University.

On this website, you will find links to my CV, publications, working papers, and non-academic writing. Please do not hesitate to contact me at aasiegel@gmail.com with any questions or to request copies of my work.