Thomas Demmelhuber is Professor of Middle East Politics and Society at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Before he was Assistant Professor for Political Science at the University of Hildesheim (2012-2015). His PhD in 2008 on EU-Egyptian relations was awarded with the German Middle East Studies Association’s dissertation prize for best PhD in Middle Eastern studies. Demmelhuber’s research focuses on state, power and politics in the Middle East from a comparative perspective including international actors such as the European Union. Demmelhuber has published/edited numerous books, e.g. in 2018, he co-edited, together with Tobias Schumacher and Andreas Marchetti, The Routledge Handbook on European Neighbourhood Policy and in 2020 together with Marianne Kneuer a comprehensive volume on Authoritarian Gravity Centres: A Cross-Regional Study of Authoritarian Promotion and Diffusion.