Erin York is a PhD student at Columbia University with a focus on comparative politics of the Middle East and additional interests in quantitative methods and political economy. Her research explores ethnic politics and conflict, political participation and protest, and the politics of migration in the Middle East and North Africa. Erin graduated from Yale in 2009; following graduation, she spent a year conducting research as a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria. Prior to joining the political science department at Columbia, she worked as a researcher for the RAND Corporation. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.