Luíza Cerioli is a Political Science Ph.D. student at the Centre for Near and Middle East Studies (CNMS) from the University of Marburg. She holds an International Relations and Comparative Foreign Policy Master from the University of Brasília (UnB) and an International Relations Bachelor's degree from the University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Her research aims at nuanced frameworks of International Relations to cope with the complexity of studying multifaced relations between states. Her thesis investigates the triangular relationship arrangement between the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Iran and the effects of their interaction over the Persian Gulf politics. Applying a Neoclassical Realism, she explores how status, identity, and agency can be included in a structural theoretical framework. Her research interests range from Global IR, Middle Eastern foreign policy and geopolitics (emphasis in the Persian Gulf), Global South theorization, and the intersections between identity, ideology, and gender within International Relations.