I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford, where my research focused on how mobility between online and offline spaces constituted a practice of resistance during and after the Arab Spring. My dissertation examined the relationship between media, politics and public space in Egypt following the 2011 revolution. I study 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.
My current research interests include cyberpolitics of the Middle East, digital inclusion and exclusion, information rights, activism and entrepreneurship, and the ‘technocratization’ of democracy.
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