Researching contention in Egypt & Turkey


I am a Doctoral Fellow of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies at Freie Universität Berlin and a Research Associate at the Institute for Protest and Social Movement Studies Berlin (ipb). I have studied Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science in Münster, Berlin and in Cairo where I have spent several years studying and working.

My work centres on the dynamics of contention in post-revolutionary Egypt and Turkey. Investigating processes of authoritarian contraction through the perspective of “politics from below”, I have conducted research on protest movements in Egypt, Palestine and Turkey.


Throughout this time, I have been actively engaged with practitioners and activists in the field through my work on civil society and human rights for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP Berlin. Since 2013, I co-author the German Development Ministry’s annual report on Egypt and function as an external reviewer for its Early Warning Crisis Indicator.

I write for several Blogs on Middle East politics. You can also follow me on Twitter for updates on protest and social movements in Germany and on Egypt’s political affairs.