I read history at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and then worked as a foreign correspondent for The Guardian, with postings in Islamabad, Baghdad, Beirut and Jerusalem. I returned to academia to study for an MPhil and DPhil in Oriental Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford.
I teach the Politics of the Middle East paper to PPE undergraduates.
For my doctorate I wrote a city-level ethnography on the emergence and development of the Tunisian Islamist movement Ennahda. Now I study social justice and the informal politics of protest across the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Adam Roberts, Michael J. Willis, Rory McCarthy and Timothy Garton Ash (eds.), Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated: Stories from the New Iraq (London: Chatto & Windus, 2006).
Articles and Book Chapters:
‘The Tunisian Uprising, Ennahdha, and the Revival of an Arab-Islamic Identity’, in Holliday, S. and Leech, P. (eds.), Political Identities and Popular Uprisings in the Middle East (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016).
‘Protecting the Sacred: Tunisia’s Islamist Movement Ennahdha and the Challenge of Free Speech’, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Volume 42 Issue 4 (2015), 447-464.
‘Re-thinking secularism in post-independence Tunisia’, The Journal of North African Studies, Volume 19 Issue 5 (2014), 733-750.