Leila is currently a Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. The Center has been recognized by the European Commission as one of a select number of EU Centers of Excellence in the United States. Leila obtained her Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her doctoral thesis, “Governing Urban Diversity” assessed immigrant integration policies and discourses about immigrants in the European capital cities of Vienna and Dublin. Her thesis was supervised by Rainer Bauböck and Donatella della Porta. Previously, Leila has worked as a researcher, project manager and lecturer at the Institute for Political Sciences at the University of Vienna. Leila was a visting researcher at the University College Dublin, the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques, CNRS in Paris, and the Institute for Higher Studies in Vienna. Leila has published on a wide array of topics including: Muslim mobilization, international migration, multiculturalism and cities, managing religion in Europe, politics of recognition, politics of belonging, and populist right-wing parties. One of her latest articles entitled ” Immigrant Integration and the Economic Competitiveness Agenda: A Comparison of Dublin and Vienna “, which is based on her EU thesis was published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
Research interests : Muslim mobilization, international migration, multiculturalism and cities, managing religion in Europe