I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford, where my research focused 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 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. The MPhil led to a DPhil and, well, here I am!
I read a lot, I write terrible rap songs, I doodle constantly, and I’m a huge nerd about language. I speak Arabic, Spanish, and French, and I’m one of those endangered species that thinks grammar is fun. (No, really.)
My current research interests include cyberpolitics of the Middle East, digital inclusion and exclusion, information rights, activism and entrepreneurship, and the ‘technocratization’ of democracy.
Check out my talks and publications for more on my academic work. I currently host three academic podcast series, and I often work with academic departments and research teams to develop innovative outreach content. Head over to my portfolio for more info.