I hold a Master Degree in Political Science and Islamic Studies from the University of Hamburg. I wrote my thesis paper on “Decentralization of the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Services in Yemen". My research interest focuses on the Arab World and its political systems. I like to explore political administrative structures, their workings, and results. Besides I am interested in the interaction between regional elites particularly tribal elites and state authorities.
Previourly, I have been the coordinator of the ERC project “The Early Islamic Empire at Work – The View from the Regions Toward the Center” at the University of Hamburg. I worked as a research assistant and program officer at the regional office of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Amman in Jordan. And I served as an international consultant for the “Advisory Service on Crisis Prevention and Conflict Transformation” (CPAS), a project of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Yemen.
Stefan Heidemann & Katharina Mewes, eds., ( forthcoming), The Reach of Empire, The Early Islamic Empire at Work Vol. 2. Studies in the History and Culture of the Middle East, 37. Berlin: De Gruyter.
Hannah-Lena Hagemann, Katharina Mewes & Peter Verkinderen (2020), “Studying Elites in Early Islamic History”, in: Hannah-Lena Hagemann & Stefan Heidemann, eds., Transregional and Regional Elites: Connecting the Early Islamic Empire, The Early Islamic Empire at Work Vol. 1, Studies in the History and Culture of the Middle East, Berlin: de Gruyter.