Yasmina Abouzzohour

Ms Yasmina Abouzzohour

Research topic:
Arab monarchical survival
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Democracy and Democratisation Power Revolution Social movements States Political Economy Comparative Politics and Government  

Academic Profile

Yasmina Abouzzohour, B.A. (Hons) Columbia University

Dahrendorf Scholar, Ali Pachachi Scholar, American Political Science Association Fellow, and British Council Fellow.

Supervisors: Nancy Bermeo, Laurence Whitehead

Committee: Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Eugene Rogan 

Broader research interests: authoritarian persistence, democratic transitions, non-rent accommodation, regime legitimacy, and experimental political science (specifically, designing list surveys). I am particularly interested in the interrelationship between the regime and the opposition, and how the latter triggers rulers into conceding, coopting, or repressing different actors. 

Research supporter by: American Institute for Maghrib Studies, the American Political Science Association, the Oxford Middle East Centre, the Project on Middle East Political Science, amongst others. 

Other Projects: Principal Investigator on two research projects.

  • Using data from trips to polling stations, elite interviews, and primary sources, as well as electoral data since 1998, to advance conclusions about the value and role of elections in soft authoritarian systems.
  • Investigating the link between the political effectiveness of regimes and their instrumentalization of religious culture and tradition vis-à-vis the masses. The project encompasses a series of three articles. Funded by the American Political Science Association.  

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

University of Oxford

  • Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • International Economic Governance
  • International Relations Theories
  • Comparative Politics of the Maghreb and the Middle East
  • Pre-colonial Legal Systems in the Maghreb






   Syracuse University-University of Oxford Methods Scholarhip | June 2018

   Raghid El-Solh Scholarship | Middle East Centre, University of Oxford | May 2018

   Dahrendorf Scholarship | Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom | January 2018

   Writing-up Bursary | St Antony’s College, University of Oxford | November 2017

   William Zartman Award | American Institute for Maghrib Studies | September 2017

   Departmental Scholarship | Department of Politics, University of Oxford | 2017

   Middle East Centre Ali Pachachi Award | University of Oxford | 2017

   Merit Award (Multiple) | St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford | June 2017; April 2016

   St Edmund Hall Award (Multiple) |University of Oxford | June 2017; February 2017; December 2016; February 2016; March 2015



   Award | University of Oxford and Syracuse University | May 2018

   Research Award | Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa | May 2018

   Maurice Latey Award | University of Oxford | April 2018

   MENA Alumni Grant | American  Political Science Association | February 2018

   Alumni Grant | American Political Science Association Research Award | January 2018

   STAR Research Grant | St Antony’s College, University of Oxford | November 2017

   Award for Collaborative Research Project | American Political Science Association | June 2017

   POMEPS TRE Research Grant | Project on Middle East Political Science | April 2017

   Cyril Foster Award (Multiple) | University of Oxford | October 2016; December 2016

   Mellon- Chester Award (Multiple) | Department of Politics, University of Oxford | March 2016; December 2016

   Norman Chester Award (Multiple) | Normal Chester Funds, University of Oxford | October 2016



   Dissertation, Confirmation of Status: Passed Without Corrections | University of Oxford | 2017

   Dissertation Transfer of Status: Passed Without Corrections | University of Oxford | 2016

   Senior Prize | Columbia University | May 2014

   Departmental Honors | Political Science, Columbia University | May 2014

   Departmental Honors | French & Romance Philology, Columbia University | May 2014

   Dean’s List (Multiple) | Columbia University | December 2013 - May 2014; December 2012 - May 2013; December 2011 - May 2012; December 2010 - May 2011


Refereed Journal Articles

  • Abouzzohour, Yasmina. 2017. "The Persistent Rural Failure of Morocco’s Justice and Development Party." Ellen Lust and Mark Lynch (Eds.) POMEPS Studies 27: 12-17.

  • Abouzzohour, Yasmina, and Beatriz Tomé-Alonso. 2018. "Moroccan Foreign Policy After The Arab Spring: A Turn For The Islamists Or Persistence Of Royal Leadership?." The Journal of North African Studies: 1-24.

  • Abouzzohour, Yasmina. Rethinking ‘Moroccan Exceptionalism’: A re-periodization of the Moroccan monarchy’s postcolonial rule. Middle East Journal. (Under review).

Journal Manuscripts under Preparation

  • The Moroccan Monarchy, A Not So Well-Oiled Machine: The value and role of elections in a competitive authoritarian system. – Projected for Summer 2019

  • Commander of the Faithless: The link between religious legitimacy and political effectiveness in pre- and postcolonial Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco - Projected for Spring 2019

  • The Plight of the Oulémas: Historical ethical struggles and political involvement of religious scholars in Morocco and Egypt - Projected for Fall 2020


Conference Papers and Presentations

Refereed Conference Presentations

Middle East Studies Association

Panel on Legitimation and Politics of the Maghreb – D.C., 2017

Co-organizer & Presenter


Gothenburg University

POMEPS-GLD workshop on Local Islamist Politics – Gothenburg, 2017

Paper Presenter


Middle East Studies Association

Probing the Process: Beyond Outcomes-Based Studies of Contentious Politics – Boston, 2017

Co-organizer & Presenter


American Political Science Association

Workshop on Civil Society and Resistance II – Amman, 2016

Paper Presenter


American Political Science Association

Workshop on Civil Society and Resistance I – Beirut, 2016

Participant & Presenter


British Society for Middle East Studies

Beyond Ideology: The effects of Islamic culture on the political sphere in MENA states – Wales, 2016

Organizer & Presenter


Yale University, Macmillan Centre

Order, Conflict, and Violence in the 20th century – New Hampshire, 2016

Paper Presenter


British Society for Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies Early Career Researchers Network Workshop – Exeter, 2015

Paper Presenter


University of Oxford, St Antony’s College

Modern Maghreb Workshop – Oxford, 2015

Paper Presenter