I am a Fellow by Examination (Junior Research Fellow) in Oriental Studies at Magdalen College, Oxford, where I work on social movements, contentious politics, and Islamism in the Middle East and North Africa.
I wrote my doctorate on the evolution of the Islamist movement Ennahda in one Tunisian city, and I'm now working on a new long-term project on the politics of protest in the Middle East after the Arab uprisings. I also wrote Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated: Stories from the New Iraq (Chatto & Windus, 2006) and co-edited Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (Oxford University Press, 2016). Previously, I spent a decade 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.