Hengameh (Henny) Ziai is a doctoral candidate at the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. She received her degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and masters degrees from the University of Oxford and SOAS in African Studies and Middle Eastern Studies respectively. Before joining the PhD program, she completed a law degree and trained as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn in London. Her research lies at the intersection of African and Middle Eastern Studies. She is interested in modern Sudanese history, Ottoman Egypt, Islamic studies, political theory, science and technology studies (STS), and critical political economy (in particular, histories of capitalism and colonialism; genealogies of the economy, development, debt, the corporation and neoliberalism). Her dissertation takes debt as a vantage point to consider histories of colonialism, capitalism and political resistance in nineteenth and twentieth century Sudan.