PD Dr, is researcher in Kurdish Studies at the Institute of Iranian Studies, Free University of Berlin. She was granted her Doctor of Philosophy of Science (Rus. kandidat filosofskich nauk) in 2006 in the Department of Religious Studies, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. In July 2017, she ‘habilitated’ in Iranian Studies at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. Her main research covers Yezidism, Iranian-speaking religious minorities, orality and scripturalisation in the Middle East. She has authored works in several languages, including Religious Minorities in Kurdistan: Beyond the Mainstream (Wiesbaden, 2014); The Yezidi Religious Textual Tradition: From Oral to Written (Wiesbaden, 2017).