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Associate Professor In Politics and Islam in the School of Government and International Affairs+44 (0) 191 33 45672
Member of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 


I am an Associate Professor in Politics and Islam at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham, where I work on the comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa. I have two main areas of interest. First, I study Islamist political parties, investigating the role of religion in political life. Second, I research the politics of protest. 

Before coming to Durham I spent three years as a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College, Oxford. Previously, I worked as a foreign correspondent with the Guardian, with postings in Islamabad, Baghdad, Beirut, and Jerusalem. I have a BA in History from Cambridge and an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and a DPhil in Oriental Studies from Oxford. I am a Fellow of the HEA.

Research Grants:

2024-25: Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 'Examining the Islamist Legitimacy Crisis' (£64,876)

2022-24: BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, 'Islamist Dilemmas: Investigating Dynamics of Islamist Party Change in North Africa' (£9,850)

2021-22: POMEPS Travel, Research and Engagement Grant, 'Islamist Party Change: Strategies after Electoral Setbacks' ($3,000)

2020-24: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Savoir Grant, 'Loyalties of the Faithful: Attitudes and Values of Islamist Party Members' (PI Prof. Francesco Cavatorta, CA$163,741)

2017-18: APSA Small Research Grant, 'Tunisia and the Politics of Protest' ($1,250)

Research interests

  • Islamism
  • Comparative Politics of the Middle East
  • Contentious Politics


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