I am an Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies and Digital Humanities at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha.
I received my BA in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting from Cardiff University in 2006, and a CASAW-funded MSc in Arab World Studies from the University of Durham in 2010. I recently completed my PhD (funded by the AHRC/ESRC) in 2016 at Durham, where I wrote an interdisciplinary thesis on the history of political repression in Bahrain. I am pleased to say that my thesis then won the 2016 dissertation prize from the Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies.
I have spent much of my childhood in Bahrain, and have also lived elsewhere in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Syria. Driven by issues of social justice and a specific area interest in the Gulf, my research spans a number of topics, from historical revisions, postcolonialism, de-democratization and revolutionary cultural production, to policing, digital authoritarianism and human rights. I am particularly interested in strategies of control that affect people’s life chances in the service of elite power maintenance. Prior to joining HBKU, I was a Lectuer in Gulf History at Exeter University, where I remain an Honorary Research Fellow. Before that, I won a Teach at Tuebingen award, and wrote and delivered an MA module in Gulf Politics at Tuebingen University’s Institute for Political Science.
At the moment, I am working a number of topics, including propaganda and Twitter bots, mapping sectarian hate speech, and archival work related to Bahrain and land appropriation.