I obtained a B.A. in History and Political Science from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. As an undergraduate student, I pursued my interest in modern Iraqi history, especially during the Baʿth period (1968–2003). I was also able to begin my study of Arabic, which I continued with the help of two summer Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) in Muscat, Oman, and Amman, Jordan, followed by a full-year fellowship in the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program in Amman, Jordan. I subsequently obtained a M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. At Princeton, I hope to continue studying modern Iraq, further investigating the Sunni Islamist opposition to the Baʿth regime and the history of Iraq’s Salafi movement.