I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford, where my research focussed on the Arab Spring and how mobility between the online and the offline constitutes a practice of resistance. My dissertation examined the relationship between media, politics and public space in Egypt after the 2011 revolution. I’m interested in all kinds of technologically mediated experiences of ‘betweenness’ – of multi-dimensional lives lived both online and offline. The ways we negotiate the space between the virtual and the physical increasingly influence our social, economic, and political expectations, with implications for the construction of identity, class, and government.
I received my B.A. from the College of William and Mary (Virginia, USA), where I completed a double-major in Government and Linguistics. After graduating, I attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship to read for an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. The MPhil led to a DPhil and, well, the rest is covered in paragraph one.
I’ve had an eclectic academic and professional career centred on communication and research. As a teenager, I hosted an educational TV programme on colonial history and volunteered at a colonial living history museum (yes, in 18th century costume). At university, I took up Arabic, studied abroad in the Middle East, and worked with a team of political scientists to study party politics in U.S. elections. I interned in Public Affairs at the U.S. Mission to NATO, and I learned all of the dance moves to Michael Jackson’s Thriller (not at the same time). During my postgraduate study, I conducted fieldwork in Cairo, co-created and launched an original podcast series on human rights, and figured out how to cycle on the left side of the road without getting flattened by a double-decker bus. I currently host two academic podcast series available on iTunes.
Throughout my academic career, the things I’ve most enjoyed doing have involved collaborations with teams, innovative research, creative thinking, and communicating beyond the university. I’ve always been fascinated by and engaged in translation of one kind or another, and I now work as the Communications Director at the Oxford Human Rights Hub, where my job centres on communicating the legal dimensions and importance of human rights to a broad audience. I also freelance as a public engagement consultant and media producer, specialising in outreach strategies for academic projects and teams. To learn more, head over to my current projects.