Leila Hammouche

Leila Hammouche

Research Interest


Born and raised in Switzerland, Leila graduated from the University of Fribourg in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Law. During her undergraduate studies, she focused on the history of Great Britain from a transatlantic and imperialist perspective ranging from the 17th to the 21st century and on the industrialisation and rationalisation in the context of social history to understand their impact on later political divergences.

In addition to her major in history, Leila completed a minor in law and gained experience in political science, economics, English literature, and European studies.

Outside of university, Leila volunteered at the European Youth Parliament, where she chaired a committee, debated as a delegate, and benefited from the diverse and valuable European discussions and interactions.

Besides, in 2021 Leila interned at the Franco-German cultural television network ARTE in Strasbourg, which takes a European and international approach to television. During her internship, Leila worked at the bilingual editorial department Connaissance, where she contributed to the conception of cultural, scientific and historical programs.

At Columbia University and the London School of Economics, Leila aims to gain a deeper understanding of the political, social, and economic challenges that have shaped societies and international relations worldwide. Leila is particularly interested in how the effects of imperialism, decolonisation, migration, identity and nation-building have shaped international relations to better comprehend to what extent historical backgrounds remain influential globally today.

Beyond her academic interest, Leila likes diving, hiking, baking and travelling.