I am a senior post-doctoral researcher in the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) research group at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. My research interests include digital technologies and human rights activism, authoritarianism, and Middle Eastern politics. My current project, which is funded by a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship of the European Union, investigates digital surveillance and transnational repression against exiled activists and diaspora networks from the Middle East.
Previously, I was a Senior Information Controls Fellow with the Open Technology Fund. From 2014 until 2018 I worked as a lecturer and postdoc researcher in the Political Science Department of the University of Amsterdam, primarily in the research project “Authoritarianism in a Global Age”. I hold a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Erfurt (2012) and a Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies from the Université de Provence Aix-Marseille 1 (2003).
I lived and worked for several years in Iran and Pakistan.