My research interests focus on the government of societies and polities in the Middle East and North Africa from a comparative perspective; and on social and political mobilisations. I am in the process of developing a new project on sexual politics and technology in the region and I am part of the EROSS research group. I authored numerous scientific as well as non-academic publications on these topics, published in several languages (Persian, English, French, Spanish, Italian). I carried out extensive field research in the region.
To learn more about my research, you can watch some book talks/conversations in English and Italian at Princeton U, Johns Hopkins' SAIS, among my recorded interventions. I also worked and published on the topics of precarity in academia and academic freedom both in the Middle East and North Africa, and in the EU and US. I am also involved in non-academic reaching-out activities, engaging both the media and public speaking.
As an academic and an intellectual, I contribute to public discussions about controversial issues. I am involved in a number of initiatives of cultural organisation, in both the academic and non-academic world. I am a member of the Advisory board of the Cambridge Centre for Palestine Studies and I serve as the representative for Scholars at Risk at DCU. I am a member council of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies and a co-founding member of the Irish Network for MENA Studies. I am a member of the Mentorship Committee of the Association for Iranian Studies. I am an Associate Editor at the journal of Iranian Studies, and the journal Participazione e conflitto.
In the past, my research was funded by the Irish Research Council, the European Union, Gerda Henkel Foundation and Giovanni Goria Foundation. I was the General Secretary of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) between 2013 and 2016. Before joining DCU, I worked in the field of NGOs and asylum-seekers assistance.<
Research interests- The government of societies and polities in the Middle East and North Africa from a comparative perspective
- Social and political mobilisations
- Migration in and from the region
- Public policy
- Gender and sexuality