Prior to the Max Weber Fellowship I was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute In Florence, Italy. I was formerly a research associate at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and then an affiliated Junior Researcher at the Asian Research Institute (ARI-NUS).
I hold a PhD and an MA in Political Sciences from Sciences-Po (France). My research on Malaysian Politics is based on extensive empirical data collected in the field since 2006.My MA thesis explored the Apostasy controversies and Islamic civil society, while my PhD is an original analysis of the relationship between gangs and political parties in Malaysia.
My area of expertise focuses both on religious politics and connivance militancy in a transitional context in a comparative perspective with Tunisia. I am currently expanding my research on comparative connivance militancy to other political contexts, and working on a monograph on Gangs and Politics in Malaysia.