Lecturer, PhD Candidate
Since March 2010
Research Associate at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Tübingen. PhD thesis on Social Entrepreneurship Networks in the Middle East and North Africa.
September 2012 to February 2013
Visiting researcher at the University of Guelph, Department of Political Sciece, Canada.
September 2011 to December 2011
Guest researcher at Cairo University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS), Egypt.
October 2004 to July 2009
M.A. in Political Science and Middle East Studies, University of Hamburg.
Thesis title: "The Middle East Conflict from Hanzalah’s point of view: stereotypical perceptions in Naji al-Ali's creative works".
Civil Society & Social Movements
Regional and national conflicts in the MENA region
Art as a means of Political Expression and Resistance
Youth Policy and Youth Organizations
Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Territories
Comparative Politics in the Middle East (Winter Term 2014/15)
Civil Society in Democracy, Autocracy and Transformation Processes (with Kressen Thyen) (Summer term 2013)
Politics and Society in Israel (Winter term 2011/12)
Basic Principles of Scientific Work (Winter term 2010/11)
Methods in Political Science. PhD Research Design and Proposal. PhD Workshop, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University (Egypt) (Winter Term 2011/12)
Neoliberal Co-optation & Authoritarian Renewal: Social Entrepreneurship Networks in Jordan. Workshop “Networks of Dependency”, Research Network Reconfigurations, Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies Philipps University Marburg, July 2015.
Social Entrepreneurship, ‘Inclusive‘ Neoliberalism & Authoritarian Renewal: Social Entrepreneurship Networks in Jordan. 14th METU Conference on International Relations: “Area Studies & International Relations: Intersecting Dimensions”, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, 17-19 June 2015.
The Social Site of Authoritarian Upgrading: Social Entrepreneurship Networks in Jordan and Morocco, DVPW Comparative Political Science Section Conference: World Regions Compared: Polity, Politics and Policy, GIGA Hamburg, 25-27 February 2015.
Enterprising Youth in Jordan and Palestine through Neo-Liberalism. A Critical Perspective. Joint presentation with Dr. Beste Isleyen on the 4th World Congress of Middle East Studies (WOCMES), Ankara, 18-22 August 2014.
Doing Business by Doing Good: The Emergence of Social Entrepreneurship Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa. Presentation at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Denver, 17-20 November 2012.
The Emergence of Young Social Entrepreneurship Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa. Presentation in the Brown Bag Lunch Series at the University of Guelph, Canada, 27 September 2012.
Young social entrepreneurship organizations and youth empowerment: The field of youth organizations in Egypt. Presentation at the 2nd Annual Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement – Takaful 2012, John D. Gerhard Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, American University Cairo, 10-12 June 2012, Egypt.
Social Movements in Comparative Perspective: Egypt and Serbia. Presentation at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University (Egypt) (Winter Term 2011/12).
Analyzing Societal Actors in Authoritarian States: State-Society Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa. Presentation at the 6th General Conference of the ECPR, Reykjavik, 24-27 August 2011.
A New Perspective on the Study of Civil Society in the Near and Middle East. Presentation at the third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), Barcelona, 19-24 July 2010.