Marianne Dhenin is a HISDEMAB Junior Research Fellow at Leibniz-IEG in Mainz. She completed her undergraduate studies in politics and economics in 2016 in the United States (Southern Oregon University). She holds since 2020 a master’s degree in Human Rights Law and Justice and a diploma in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo. Her doctoral research (Noso-Politics and the Construction of Gendered Urban Spaces in Semi-Colonial Egypt) traces the development of a new public health regime in semi-colonial Egypt, and argues that it was deployed in the normalization of certain gender performances and the construction of others as non-normative. It explores the ways that new modes of hygiene and disease prevention functioned to surveil and police spaces and bodies that were rendered non-normative—dirty, unnatural, or unhealthy.