“Somewhere during my ten days in Paris (and Brittany) I received an illumination of some kind that seems to’ve changed me again, towards what I suppose’ll be my pattern for another seven years or more: in effect, a satori: the Japanese word for ‘sudden illumination,’ ‘sudden awakening’ or simply ‘kick in the eye.'” Jack Kerouac, Satori in Paris.
I grew up in Alexandria (Egypt) where I lived until the age of 17, before moving to Cairo to study Law. After that, I studied in the Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po). There, I studied in the Middle Eastern Studies Undergraduate Program (Menton). I finally earned my Masters degree, with Honors, in International Relations in 2010, from Sciences Po Paris.
After earning my PhD in Political science from the Universities of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (France) in 2018, I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), serving as a core-researcher for the DREAM European Project. Within that program, I am affiliated with the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin (Germany) and the Centre d’Histoire sociale du 20ème siècle in Paris (France).
I’ve created this blog to make my research work accessible to all those who might be interested by it. It contains references (and links if available) to my academic publications, as well as notes from fieldwork.
I am also an associate researcher with the CEDEJ (Cairo).