Dr. Leila Hadj Abdou is a part-time assistant professor at the Migration Policy Center at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Prior to working at the EUI, she worked at the University of Sheffield, UK, and at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University) in Washington DC, USA. Dr. Hadj Abdou has held visiting positions at the University College Dublin, Ireland, and the French National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris, France. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the EUI. She is specialized in migration governance and politics and in EU politics.