I am a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Birmingham. My research interests include diaspora politics, the interplay between migration and authoritarianism, and Middle East politics, with a specific focus on Egypt and Tunisia. My doctoral dissertation focused on Egypt in the 1970-2011 period as a case-study of the ways in which authoritarian regimes selectively use migration control as a means towards furthering their aims. Thus, I am broadly interested in state involvement in migrants’ affairs, particularly in non-democratic contexts and across the Middle East region.
I have published peer-reviewed research articles in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
, Mediterranean Studies
, and Insight Turkey
. I have also written on the politics of Egyptian migration to Libya for the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP)
. For my research on the politics of Egyptian migration under Gamal Abdel Nasser, I was awarded the 2015 Student Paper Prize and the Wadad Kadi Travel Fellowship of the Middle East Studies Association, as well as the 2015 Khayrallah Prize in Middle East Diaspora Studies. For my teaching, I have been awarded the 2015 Annual Director’s Teaching Prize for excellence in teaching and the promotion of learning within SOAS.
My research has been funded by a three-year SOAS Research Studentship, an American University of Cairo Visiting Graduate Scholar Fellowship, and a number of smaller grants. I have pursued training in qualitative and quantitative methodologies at the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (2013) and the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis (2015), respectively. I have also undertaken Arabic language training (Modern Standard Arabic & Egyptian Colloquial Arabic) in Cairo, London, as well as at the Middleburg College Arabic School as a Kathryn W. Davis Fellow for Peace.
During the 2013-14 academic year I was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies of the American University of Cairo, and a Guest Researcher at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute, Leiden University in Cairo. Prior to coming to SOAS, I attended Yale University (B.A., 2006, Political Science and Economics), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc., 2007, International Political Economy). My employment history includes working as a researcher for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009-11), and as a European Union elections observer, most recently at the Tunisian Constituent Assembly elections. During the latter I was deployed to Tunis and Brussels, where I participated in the European Union’s first attempt at monitoring out-of-country voting.