• Non-Resident Research Fellow, Gulf Research Center, Jeddah 2022 – 
  • Non-Resident Fellow, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington 2020 – 
  • Fellow, Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation project, Lancaster University 2020-2022
  • Associate Professor and Director, Middle East Studies Center, American University in Cairo, July 2016 – July 2019
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2019
  • Visiting Scholar, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, New York University, January – June 2017
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Changing Character of War Programme, University of Oxford, September – December 2016
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics, 2014-2015
  • Visiting Scholar, Centre d’Etudes de Relations Internationales (CERI), Sciences Po, Paris, July 2015
  • Visiting Research Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, June 2011


  • International Relations of/in the Middle East
  • Middle Eastern, North African and Mediterranean Politics
  • Muslim minority – state relations
  • Security and development studies


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) 2022
  • Partner in successful grant application to enable academic exchange (staff mobility and student exchange) between AUC and the University of Salzburg, 2019
  • Professor mobility grant from EuroMeSCo for EU academic participation in a 2-day post-graduate student workshop I convened: “The EU, Middle East and Africa in the 21st Century”, American University in Cairo, 2019
  • European Union funding for an academic – policy project in Egypt, 2018
  • Faculty Research Award, 2018
  • Faculty Research Grant, AUC, 2017
  • Faculty Conference Grant, AUC, 2017
  • Travel Grant, Gulf Research Centre, 2019, 2018, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 
  • Conference Grant, Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics, 2015
  • “Mapping Foreign Policy in the GCC” Research Grant, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics, 2015
  • HRH Prince Alwaleed Al Saud Scholarship for travel to Saudi Arabia, 2011
  • British Institute of Persian Studies Travel Grant, 2010


  • British International Studies Association (co-convener Foreign Policy Working Group 2022 – )
  • International Studies Association (elected to the ISA Foreign Policy Analysis section Executive Board May 2020 – 2022)
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
  • Association for Gulf and Arabian Studies


  • Field research throughout the Middle East and North Africa (Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, UAE, Qatar), with further research in Germany, Russia and USA
  • Languages: basic French and Arabic