Malak received her doctorate from Aix-Marseille University / Institut de Recherche sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (2015)). Her background is in History and Political Science. Her research interests cover the history of knowledge and science, political economy and the history of development. She taught at Aix-Marseille University, the American University in Cairo, and Cairo University. Since September 2018, she has been a postdoctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin/Forum Transregionale. Starting from October 2020, she will be a research fellow at the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (IFAO), Egypt.