I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam and Research Associate at the Centre Internationale des Recherches Internationales (CERI), Sciences Po Paris. My core research interests include migration, transnational politics, and media in the contemporary Arab world.
Between 2016 and 2017, I was an OxPo post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and an associated researcher at the Maison Française d’Oxford. Between 2011 and 2015, I was employed as a PhD Researcher and University Assistant at the Institute for Near Eastern Studies at Vienna University. I held research affiliations to the American University Beirut (2009) and the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (2012).
My interdisciplinary PhD thesis (summa cum laude) focused on Egyptian migrant activism in Paris and Vienna during and after the Arab Uprisings and was written in the framework of a Cotutelle agreement between Sciences Po Paris and Vienna University (Supervisors: Catherine Wihtol de Wenden and Stephan Procházka). It combined a micro-level analysis on activists’ practices and attitudes with a macro-level analysis on governance (emigration and immigration policies). Thus, I am broadly interested in the role migrants can play as political actors in their countries of origin and the ways migration policies influence migrants’ individual behaviour. The PhD dissertation received the Award of Excellence 2016 from the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research & Economy.
Before my PhD, I was a trainee at the Department of the European Council and the Council of the European Union at the Austrian Foreign Ministry (2010-2011). I attended Vienna University (BA in Political Science, 2009; Magister in Arabic and Islamic Studies, 2010), the Institut National des Langues et Cultures Orientales in Paris (Erasmus exchange, 2007/2008), and Sciences Po Paris (MA in Comparative Politics / Middle East and Muslim World, 2010). I have also followed Arabic language training in Damascus (Modern Standard Arabic, Syrian Colloquial Arabic), Tunis (Modern Standard Arabic) and Cairo (Egyptian Colloquial Arabic).