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Researcher at the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), Lund University

I am a Researcher at the Swedish South Asian Studies Network at Lund University. I am working on a project that examines the history and sociology of Afghan refugees and asylum-seekers in the United States and Sweden since the Cold War. I am also a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

I have a published a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan. Articles have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Conversation, The Independent, Modern Intellectual History, Nidabe: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle East Studies, Open Democracy, and History of Political Thought.

I am the Founding President of the UC Berkeley Humanities and Social Sciences Association.

I have taught at San Quentin Prison University Project, Berkeley City College, UC Berkeley, Lund University and Stanford.

I have also been a freelance writer and researcher for American immigration attorneys for over two years.


  • 2017–present
    External expert, Swedish Migration Agency
  • 2017–present
    Researcher , Lund University
  • 2015–2017
    Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2015–2016
    Lecturer, Stanford University
  • 2016–2016
    Volunteer faculty, San Quentin Prison University Project
  • 2012–2014
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Berkeley


  • 2011 
    European University Institute, PhD, History


  • 2018
    A populist myth about immigration courts and public opinion: evidence from the US and Sweden, Open Democracy
  • 2018
    Migrant smuggling, reasons for fleeing, and uses of asylum capital among Afghan asylum seekers in Sweden, Nidaba: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle East Studies
  • 2018
    The impact of forced migration on Afghanistan's domestic politics and foreign relations, Swedish Institute of International Affairs
  • 2017
    Afghanistan: Permanent Crisis of Legimitacy, The Times Literary Supplement
  • 2017
    Shades of the prison-house, The Times Literary Supplement
  • 2016
    The afterlife of idealism: The impact of new idealism on British historical and political thought, 1945-1980, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2015
    Eugenics and pragmatism: F.C.S. Schiller's philosophical politics, Modern Intellectual History

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Postdoctoral fellow grant
    Postdoctoral fellow
    Funding Source:
    Wenner-Gren Foundations
  • 2011
    Research initiation
    Project coordinator
    Funding Source:
    Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
  • 2007
    Doctoral program grant
    Doctoral canditate
    Funding Source: