I hold Masters from the London School of Economics and Royal Holloway and have spent about two years in Africa and the Middle East. My professional experiences include traineeships and part time jobs at the European Commission, KPMG, the German Chamber of Commerce in Dubai as well as Airbus Defence and Space. In addition to my academic work, I am writing for various media outlets including SPIEGEL ONLINE, ZEIT ONLINE, The European, openDemocracy, The Huffington Post UK, European Geostrategy, Your Middle East and The Conversation. A list of my published work can be found here. Moreover, I co-founded and co-edited FactCheckEU.org, a watchdog that monitored European politicans' statements on EU affairs from 02/2014 to 05/2015.
My doctoral research focuses on Tunisian perceptions of the European Union. The EU's increased relevance as a regional power makes an understanding of what its Southern neighbours know about it, think of it and expect from it a prerequisite for tailoring adequate and effective policies towards these countries. In order to contribute to creating an understanding of the external perceptions of the EU, my PhD therefore analyses how it is perceived among Tunisian politcs and civil society elites, what creates these perceptions and how they affect the Union's relations with Tunisia.
Further research interests include Euro-Mediterranean relations, European Neighbourhood Policy, EU democracy promotion, EU enlargement, civil-military relations in the Middle East as well as Egyptian and Tunisian domestic politics.