Maria Frederika Malmström is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where she, in January 2017, started a collaborative research project The Materiality of Suspicion and the Ambiguity of the Familiar: Nigerian and Egyptian Cityscapes together with Professor Mark LeVine, Dr Ulrika Trovalla and Eric Trovalla. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University, New York City. Malmström received her PhD from the School of Global Studies, Social Anthropology, University of Gothenburg. She has taught as a Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology/Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University and as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and in the Department of Cultural Studies, University West, Sweden. Malmström was, between 2010-2016, a Visiting Scholar at New York University, at the Department of Anthropology; Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts; and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. In addition, she was, between 2012-2016, a senior researcher for North Africa in the Conflict, Security and Democratic Transformation Cluster at the Nordic Institute in Uppsala, Sweden.