Yasmina Abouzzohour

Ms Yasmina Abouzzohour

Research topic:
A post-Arab Spring analysis of the survival of the Moroccan and Omani monarchies
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Constitutions and Government Democratic theory Democracy and Democratisation Elections Foreign Policy and diplomacy Nationalism Power Revolution Social movements States Comparative Politics and Government  

Academic Profile

I am a doctoral candidate in Politics at the University of Oxford (St Antony's College) where my doctoral research revolves around a comparative analysis of authoritarian politics and economic policies in modern Arab monarchies (1950s-) and uncovers policy-related and theoretical implications of continued Arab monarchical survival. 
My research interests include Arab authoritarian resilience, non-rent accommodation, democratic transitions, and experimental political science (specifically, designing list surveys). 
My doctoral thesis, "Why does God Save the King? A Post-Arab Spring Analysis of the Moroccan and Omani monarchies," focuses on Morocco and Oman and investigates the survival of Arab monarchies from post-independence to the period following the Arab uprisings.
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.
I am = currently working on a journal-length article using data collected during a recent trip to Morocco, where I carried out interviews and observed polling stations during the kingdom’s first post-Arab Spring elections. This article advances conclusions about the value and role of elections in illiberal democracies where violence is present despite constitutional amendments.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and in French and Romance Philology (2014) from Columbia University, where I studied under the direction of Isabela Mares, Rashid Khalidi, and Souleymane Bachir Diagne, and where I researched Moroccan and Saudi regime reactions to the recent uprisings, as well as the renewal of Pan-arabism during the Arab Spring.
During my time at Oxford, I have taught courses in International Relations, Economic Governance, Pre-colonial Legal Systems in North Africa, and Politics of the Middle East, and have become a

Dahrendorf Scholar, a Pachachi Award recepient, an American Political Science Association MENA Fellow, and a British Council Fellow. 

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

* Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

* International Economic Governance

* International Relations Theories

* Comparative Politics of the Maghreb




- 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

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

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


- 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) | Norman Chester Funds, University of Oxford | March 2016; December 2016 

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

Academic distinctions

- 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. “Moroccan Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring: a new turn for the Islamists or persistence of royal leadership?” Journal of North African Studies. (Forth., Spring 2018).

- Abouzzohour, Yasmina. “Rethinking ‘Moroccan Exceptionalism’: A re-periodization of the Moroccan monarchy’s postcolonial rule.” Journal of North African Studies. (Forth., Spring 2018).

Journal Manuscripts under Preparation

- Red Lines in the Kingdoms of Benevolent Dictators: The role of freedom of speech in the potential pathways to democracy in different authoritarian settings. Dahrendorf Programme. Projected for Summer 2018.

- Commander of the Faithless: The link between religious legitimacy and political effectiveness in pre- and postcolonial Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco - Projected for Summer 2018.

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

Conference Papers and Presentations

Refereed Conference Papers and 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