Claudia Derichs is full professor for Comparative Politics and International Development Studies at Marburg University and is currently holding a Senior Fellowship at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg. Moreover she is appointed member of AcademiaNet (, a network profiling Germany's most outstanding female scholars. Academic record: Translator for Japanese and Arabic (Bonn University), PhD in Japanology (Berlin Free University); Professorial Dissertation/Habilitation in Political Science (University of Duisburg-Essen). Research interests: political Islam and transition in Southeast Asia and the Middle East; Gender and Development Studies; Area Studies (Asia and MENA). email: