Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Germany


10/2011 - 2/2017
PhD (magna cum laude), Department of Political and Social Sciences, The Free University of Berlin
Dissertation: "Dynamics of Islamic Mobilisation from Opposition to Office: A Comparison of Hamas's Strategies in Gaza, 2000-2012"
(Defense: summa cum laude)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders

10/2005 - 1/2008
M.A., Department of Public Law and International Relations, University of the Basque Country/ Spain
Thesis: "The Emergence of the Islamic Movements: The Muslim Brotherhood" (with Distinction)

9/2001 - 2/2004
M.A., Institute of International Studies, Birzeit University/ Palestine
Thesis: "The EU and the Mediterranean Region: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 1994-2000" (with Distinction)

9/1996 - 6/2001
B.A., Department of English Language and Literature, Birzeit University
Final Grade: 76%


Research Alumni Program, Free University of Berlin

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Scholarship for PhD

Palestinian American Research Center (PARC): Fieldwork Scholarship in Gaza

AICE: Scholarship for Advanced Studies (MA), Spain

Work Experience

Since March 2018
Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, Research Group: "How 'Terrorists' Learn"

Since 2017
Second supervisor of a PhD dissertation at the University of Deusto / Spain
Diss. Title: “Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Identity and Agency”

Lecturer at al-Quds Open University, Palestine

Teacher of English Language, Ministry of Education, Palestine


Arabic (Native Language)
English (Excellent): B.A. Degree
Spanish (Excellent): 2-year Diploma
German (Excellent): B2 Certificate

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