Leila Ben Mcharek obtained her PhD in Cultural Studies from the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University (France) in 2000. She taught in two Tunisian universities (University of Kairouan and University of El Manar-Tunis) from 2000 to 2008. In 2009 she joined the British Embassy in Tunis as Political and Public Affairs Officer. In 2012, she joined the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Tunis as Human Rights Officer. She has been since 2013 honorary fellow at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies at the University of Western Australia. Her research is currently focussed on aspects of the Tunisian revolution within the Arab Spring context, and on the emergence of radical Islam post Arab Spring, including women jihadism.