Sarah Hartmann served as acting head of the DGAP's Middle East and North Africa Program from November 2015 to July 2016. Before this, she organized workshops and international summer schools on current developments in the Arab countries, both at the DGAP and as a research associate at the University of Hamburg. During her studies, she spent a total of 21 months conducting long-term field research and working in Cairo. She was a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World in Leiden (NL) and at the Centre d'Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales in Cairo, and is a lecturer at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Hartmann studied social and cultural anthropology and media and communication at the Freie Universität Berlin and in Barcelona. She is currently completing her PhD at the Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies. Her dissertation examines the informal privatization of the Egyptian education sector during the final years of the Mubarak regime.