I am a doctoral student at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.
My research interests lie in the field of comparative political economy. I focus on aspects related to economic history of state-institutions, local public good provision, informal social-welfare, and the political economy of Islamic institutions, with a regional focus of the Middle East. My research also draws on questions about how foreign policy tools, such as economic sanctions, interact with domestic politics. I am further interested in investigating aspects of the politics of information using methods of computational text analysis. I am currently excited about employing text analysis on corpora of Arabic text, as it is a valuable resource in understanding the political and economic decision-making process in the Arab world.
I have been born and raised in the beautiful city Alexandria, Egypt. I am a former professional swimmer for the Egyptian Swimming National Team, for which I competed professionally for several years. I still find myself thinking more clearly while doing all those endless laps at the pool. I enjoy reading about Islamic Art and Architecture and the Ottoman Empire.
DPhil (PhD) in Politics, 2022
University of Oxford
MA in Political Science (Advanced Quantitative Methods), 2018
University of Mannheim
BA in Political Science and Psychology, 2016
University of Mannheim
Visiting Undergraduate Student, 2015
Trinity College Dublin
German Abitur, 2013
Deutsche Schule der Borromaerinnen Alexandria DSBA
I undertook the following further academic training:
More information on my dissertation project will be updated soon.
Take a look at my personal blog. The main emphasis of my blog is to make academia more accessabile for Arab Researchers. I will post here about opportunities that I learn about as I navigate the academic world. Other than that, I will be posting about fascinating things I learn through my travel and in my home country. Expect some movie and book reviews.
My first post discusses my personal motivation for starting this blog.
“Growing up in the Middle East, where economic inequality is a pressing problem, I have always wondered about the way to becoming an academic and get a top-class education. Academia seemed inaccessible, especially for Arab women.
نشأت في الشرق الأوسط، حيث تمثل عدم المساواة الاقتصادية مشكلة ملحة. لطالما تساءلت كيف يمكن للمرء أن يصبح أكاديميًا ويحصل على تعليم عالي المستوى. بدت الأوساط الأكاديمية بعيدة المنال، خاصة بالنسبة للمرأة العربية.Read more
I am honored, to have said a few words recently about the importance of opportunities for refugees to access higher education, also to introduce our great speakers Natasha Kaplinsky OBE and Lord Dubs to the event “Stepping up for Refugees” organized by Somerville College and Mansfield College of the University of Oxford. Read more and access the video
Other posts include: Andalusia, Art and Architecture - الأندلس، الفن والعمارة