Bachelor with honors, University Durham, 1995. Master of Arts with distinction, University Durham, 1996. Doctor of Philosophy, University Durham, 2001.
Research associate Center for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University Durham, Durham, 1997—2001. Field programme manager Iraqi Kurdistan Research Programme, Erbil, Iraq, 1999—2001. Honorary research fellow Institute Arab and Islamic Studies, University Exeter, England, 2002, leverhulme trust special research fellow, 2002—2004, lecturer in middle east politics, since 2004, reader middle east politics, since 2005.
Associate fellow Royal Institute International Affairs, Chatham House, London, since 2003.
Advisory board member Kurdistan Children's Fund, London, 2001. Committee member British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, 2002—2004. Fellow: Middle East Studies Association North America, Royal Institute International Affairs (associate).
Member: American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, London Middle East Institute, British Society Middle Eastern Studies (committee member 2002-2004), Durham Geography Graduates' Association, Kurdish Science and Medical Assn.
Married Lise Storm.