Wenting holds a dual BA degree in Arabic and International Political Economy from Peking University. Her research focuses on democratic transitions of authoritarian regimes and the development of existing democracies in the Middle East and North Africa. She is currenting working on a project dealing with the participation of Islamist political parties in democratic elections and its perspectives. She is also interested in the perserverance of authoritarian institutions in the region. Her previous research dealt with rentier politics in Gulf monarchies. As an academic, Wenting embrances both qualitative and quantitative research methods in the social sciences.