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 Democracy and Democratisation Elections Nationalism Power Revolution Social movements Comparative Politics and Government  

Academic Profile

I am a doctoral candidate in politics at the University of Oxford (St Edmund Hall). My research interests include Arab authoritarian resilience, non-rent accommodation, democratic transitions, and experimental political science (specifically, designing list surveys). My doctoral thesis 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.

I am also 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 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




Cyril Foster Award, ‚Ä™University of Oxford - December 2016

Mellon-Chester Research Award, Norman Chester Funds, ‚Ä™University of Oxford - December 2016; October 2016; March 2016

St Edmund Hall Grant, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford - December 2016; February 2016; March 2016

Research Grant, Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford - October 2016

MCR Anniversary Award St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford - April 2016

Senior Prize, Columbia University - May 2014

Departmental Honors, Department of French & Romance Philology, Columbia University - May 2014

Departmental Honors, Department of Political Science, Columbia University - May 2014

Dean's List, Columbia University - December 2010 - May 2014 


Conference Papers and Presentations

Refereed Conference Presentations

Abouzzohour, Y. (2016) Outsmarted, Co-opted, and Quashed: Understanding the significance of Morocco’s failed protests for regime survival. Panel Organizer and Presenter at the 2016 Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Boston, USA.

Abouzzohour, Y. (2016) Strategic uses of political violence by the regime in Morocco. Paper presented at the Annual American Political Science Association’s MENA Meeting.        

Abouzzohour, Y. (2016) God saves the King: Arab monarchies and the instrumentalization of Islam – the cases of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Jordan. Panel Organizer and Presenter at the 2016 British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, Wales, United Kingdom.

Abouzzohour, Y. (2016) His Majesty’s way, or the highway: The struggle of non-state actors to influence the king’s foreign policy. Paper presented at the 2016 British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, Wales, United Kingdom.

Abouzzohour, Y. (2016) The Moroccan Monarchy’s postcolonial, reactionary use of political violence as a survival tool. Paper presented at Yale University’s Order, Conflict, and Violence Annual Meeting, New Hampshire, United States.

Abouzzohour, Y. (2015) Debunking theories of Monarchical Exception: Why external aid and legitimacy are not sufficient to understand Arab monarchical resilience. Paper presented at the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies’ MESNET Workshop, Exeter, United Kingdom.

Invited Presentations

Abouzzohour, Y. (2017/upcoming) The Striking Case of the PJD: A rural failure. POMEPS-GLD workshop on Local Islamist Politics, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Abouzzohour, Y. (2016) Civil Society in the Middle East. Attended the American Political Science Association’s Middle East and North Africa Workshop, Beirut, Lebanon.

Abouzzohour, Y. (2015) Constitutionalism and Democratization in Morocco. Paper presented at the University of Oxford’s Annual Conference on the Maghreb, Oxford, United Kingdom.