Helena worked as a journalist for several years before starting her PhD-studies. Her focus was mainly on Middle East politics, grassroots movements and culture. She was based in Egypt 2011-2015 working as a stringer and freelance writer and photographer for various media outlets. She has also held staff positions working with Radio, TV, print and Web.
Helena holds a BA in Religious Studies from Umeå University and a BA in History as well as an MA in Journalism from Stockholm University.
She spends her time between Stockholm, Chicago and the Middle East/North Africa.