Yasmina Abouzzohour

Dr. Yasmina Abouzzohour

Job Market Candidate

Research topic:
Regime survival in Arab monarchies
Degree course:
DPhil
Email:
yasmina.abouzzohour@politics.ox.ac.uk
Curriculum vitae:

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

Academic Profile

Current Position: Fellow, Brookings; Associate Research Fellow, Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis

Education: Phd in Politics, University of Oxford (2019)Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Columbia University (2014)

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

Supervisors: Nancy Bermeo, Laurence Whitehead, Michael Willis

Committee: Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Eugene Rogan, Amaney Jamal

Past Positions: Political Risk Analyst at Oxford Analytica; Research Assistant, Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford; Instructor at the University of Oxford

Research interests:

  • Authoritarian and transitional politics
  • Renewable energy transitions
  • Risk analysis
  • Gulf monarchies
  • Morocco, Libya, Algeria
  • Social movements
  • Experimental political science , Comparative research

Research supported by: 

  • American Institute for Maghrib Studies
  • American Political Science Association
  • Oxford Middle East Centre
  • Project on Middle East Political Science, etc.

 

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.  

 

Research Training:

Institute for Qualitative & Multi-Method Research, Syracuse University

  • Multi-Methods Research
  • GIS Mapping
  • Natural Experiments
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Computer-Assisted Content Analysis


University of Oxford

  • Qualitative Analysis
  • NVivo in Discourse Analysis
  • Statistical Literacy
  • Fieldwork Training
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Content Analysis & Word Scoring
  • Data analysis using ‘R’
  • Interviewing Elites
  • Methodology Training
  • NVivo Data Analysis
  • Experimental Research
  • Archival Research

Columbia University

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Research Design
  • Survey Design

 

Yasmina Abouzzohour is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) and an Associate Research Fellow at the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis (MIPA). Her research revolves around authoritarian persistence and transition, focusing on strategic regime behavior and interactions with opposition movements in the Middle East and North Africa.

At the BDC, she is completing a book project on Arab monarchical survival and undertaking research on the potential pathways to democratization in different authoritarian contexts across North Africa, with a special focus on Algeria, Libya, and Morocco. At MIPA, she researches authoritarian foreign policymaking and diplomacy.

Abouzzohour received her PhD in Politics with highest marks from the University of Oxford where she completed a dissertation investigating the causal mechanisms behind regime survival in modern Arab monarchies- focusing on Morocco and Oman and touching on other GCC states and Jordan. At Oxford, she taught graduate and under-graduate level courses in comparative politics, international relations, and economic governance.

Her research received funding and accolades from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, the American Political Science Association, the Oxford Middle East Centre, the Project on Middle East Political Science, the University of Oxford, the Middle East Studies Association, the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, amongst others. She has presented her work extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, participating in events at Yale, Princeton, Oxford, APSA, MESA, BRISMES, and the American University of Beirut.

Abouzzohour previously worked as a political risk analyst at Oxford Analytica and was in charge of North Africa analysis. She has prepared studies and provided consultancy for various organizations, including: the United Kingdom Foreign Office, the British Council, Oxford Analytica, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the Small Arms Survey.

Before joining the University of Oxford, she received her B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science and in French and Romance Philology from Columbia University in 2014.

 

Languages

My 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 teaching experience covers the politics, international relations, and history of the Middle East and North Africa; I bring expertise in using both classical materials and modern technologies to create a fruitful classroom environment.

 

Teaching Experience

Insructor| University of Oxford | Fall 2015 - Spring 2017

- International Relations theories since the 1900s (Middle East Option)                                                                                               

- Advanced Graduate Course in Pre-colonial Legal Systems in North Africa                        

- Advanced Graduate Course in Postcolonial Legal Systems in North Africa                        

- International Economic Theory and Governance                                                  

- International Relations Survey (Middle East Option)                                                                                                                                                                             

- Advanced Graduate Course in Politics of the Maghreb                                                             

- International Relations of the Middle East                                                           

- Advanced Graduate Course in Modern Middle East and North Africa         

Instructor | Oxford Summer Courses | Summer 2015 – Summer 2017

- International Relations and World History- MENA region

- International Relations and Diplomacy since the late 1800s

- History of the Middle East and North Africa                                                                      

Tutor | Various (Oxford) | Fall 2014 – Summer 2017

- Tutor in history and politics Middle East and North Africa

- PPE Tutor, Department of Politics and International Relations                                                                            

- Oxbridge lecturer in Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Middle East

 

Awards and Honors

Scholarships 

- 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

Prizes

- 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

 

Professional Activity and Service

Book Reviewer

- Boyle, Michael J. 2017. Non-Western Responses to Terrorism. 1st ed. United States: Manchester University Press.

Conference Programming Committee 

- Religiosity and Politics in Contemporary Egypt (2015)

- Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Lectures (2015-2016)

Professional Affiliations

- Member, Middle East Studies Association

- Member, British Middle East Studies Association

- Member, American Institute for Maghreb Studies

- Member, American Political Science Association

- Fellow, American Political Science Association MENA Network

- Fellow, British Council - Hammamet Conference Series

 

Work Experience

- Cyber Security Studies Assistant | University of Oxford | February 2017 - July 2017 

- Research Assistant | University of Oxford | February 2016 - June 2017

- Translator and Research Assistant | Al Jazeera London Bureau | March - August 2016

- Copyeditor and Launch Organizer | Oxford Gulf and Arabian Studies Review | 2015-2016 

- Active Conference Reporter on Tunisia | British Council | October 2015 - January 2016  

- Research Intern | UN Bureau of the Al Jazeera Media Network | May 2014 – August 2014 

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

 

 

 

Awards

Selected Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

▪2018: Research Award, Association for the Studies on the Middle East and North Africa

▪2019: Dissertation: Passed Without Corrections (highest mark), University of Oxford

▪2018: Research Award, Association for the Studies on the Middle East and North Africa

▪2018: Methods Scholarship, Syracuse University-University of Oxford

▪2018: Raghid El-Solh Scholarship, Middle East Centre, University of Oxford

▪2018: Scholarship, Dahrendorf Program for the Study of Freedom

▪2018: Maurice Latey Award, University of Oxford

▪2018: Collaborative Grant, American Political Science Association

▪2018: Alumni Grant, American Political Science Association

▪2018: Andrew Mellon Award, University of Oxford

▪2018 & 2017: Scholarship, Department of Politics, University of Oxford

▪2018, 2017, & 2016: Research Award (Multiple), Normal Chester Funds

▪2017: STAR Research Grant, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

▪2017: TRE Research Grant, Project on Middle East Political Science

▪2017: Writing-up Bursary, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

▪2017: William Zartman Award, American Institute for Maghrib Studies

▪2017: Middle East Centre Ali Pachachi Award, Middle East Centre, University of Oxford

▪2017, 2016, & 2015: Merit Award (Multiple), St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford

▪2017 & 2016: Cyril Foster Award (Multiple), University of Oxford

▪2016: Mellon-Chester Award(Multiple), University of Oxford

▪2014: Senior Prize, Columbia University

▪2014: Departmental Honors, Political Science, Columbia University

▪2014: Departmental Honors, French & Romance Philology, Columbia University

▪2010-2014: Dean’s List (Multiple), Columbia University

▪Fellowship awarded but declined: Middle East Center, Lund University

Publications

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

Policy Papers 

  • Abouzzohour, Yasmina. 2019. Linked political and economic issues in Morocco.

 

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

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