After growing up near Freiburg, Germany, I studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Queen's College, University of Oxford. After spending a year studying Arabic in Cairo, I completed an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. In 2015, I started my PhD at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), which I defended in 2020. I have completed 14 months of fieldwork in Tunisia and Morocco, where I was a Scholar in Residence at the Hilary Clinton Centre for Women's Empowerment at Al-Akhawayn University. I have taught on International Development in the International Political Economy at LSE, and on The Political Economy of the Middle East at King's College.
Since February 2020 I am a Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and am working with the International Centre for Tax and Development, where I co-lead our research program on informality and taxation as well as our capacity building program. I am also a Senior Fellow at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime (GITOC).
I have published analyses on the Middle East and North Africa in a variety of journalistic outlets, am an advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tunisia in the House of Commons, and have briefed and advised government departments and embassies in the UK and North Africa.
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