Dr Heba Batainah is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations in the School of Government and Policy at the University of Canberra. Heba’s research focuses on the political institutions of belonging and the ways in which minority groups are represented. She has a particular interest in the ways citizens are helped or hindered in their pursuit of political participation. Heba has over a decade of experience in the higher education sector, teaching both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her teaching focuses on public and social policy in Australia and leadership in theory and practice. Heba has lived in six countries on three continents and also speaks Arabic. She is a graduate of the Australian National University (PhD) and the University of Canberra (BPhil Hons – First Class).