Mr Gerasimos Tsourapas
BA (Yale University), MSc (LSE & SOAS)
Senior Teaching Fellow
- Mr Gerasimos Tsourapas
- Email address:
- SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
- Office No:
- Room 262
- Office Hours:
- Monday 2pm - 4pm
- Thesis title:
- Trading People, Consolidating Power: Authoritarianism and the Institutionalisation of Emigration in Egypt
- Year of Study:
Gerasimos Tsourapas is a Senior Teaching Fellow in International Relations.
His research interests include diaspora politics, the interplay between migration and authoritarianism, as well as the politics of the Middle East, with a specific focus on Egypt and Tunisia.
His published work has appeared in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Mediterranean Politics, and Insight Turkey. He has also written on the politics of Egyptian migration to Libya for the Middle East Research and Information Project. His article on the politics of Egyptian migration under Gamal Abdel Nasser was awarded the 2015 Wadad Kadi Travel Fellowship by the Middle East Studies Association.
At SOAS, he has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate course “Government and Politics of the Middle East,” for which he was awarded the 2015 SOAS Director’s Teaching Prize for excellence in teaching and the promotion of learning within the School. Since September 2014, he has also been employed as a SOAS Writing Tutor.
Gerasimos is currently an Executive Committee member of the Migration & Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association. During the 2013-14 academic year, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, American University of Cairo.
He holds a BA from Yale University, and two MSc degrees from the London School of Economics and SOAS. Before coming to SOAS, he was employed as a researcher for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009-11), and as a European Union elections observer, most recently during the Tunisian Constituent Assembly elections.
- 'Nasser’s Educators & Agitators across al-Watan al-‘Arabi: Tracing the Foreign Policy Importance of Egyptian Regional Migration, 1952-1967.' British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (forthcoming)
- 'Why Do States Develop Multi-Tier Emigrant Policies? Evidence from Egypt.' Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies (forthcoming)
- ‘The Other Side of a Neoliberal Miracle: Economic Reform and Political De-Liberalization in Ben Ali's Tunisia.’ Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 18, No. 1, Spring 2013, pp. 23-41.
- ‘The Limits of Norm Promotion: The EU in Egypt and Israel/Palestine’ (with Elena Lazarou and Maria Gianniou). Insight Turkey, Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring 2013, pp. 171-193.
- ‘Migration,’ in G. Newby (ed.), The Islamic World: An Encyclopaedia of History, Culture, and Society (New York, M.E. Sharpe) (forthcoming).
- ‘Mariz Tadros, The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt: Democracy Redefined or Confined?', (London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 196. 'Polyvocia, SOAS Journal of Graduate Research,' Vol. 5, pp. 49-53.
- 'The Politics of Egyptian Migration to Libya,' Middle East Report (MERIP) March 2015.
- ‘Notes from the Field: Researching Emigration in Post-2011 Egypt,’ American Political Science Association Migration & Citizenship Newsletter,' Vol. 2, pp. 58-62
American Political Science Association Conferences
- Invited presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting; San Francisco — ‘Migration & Authoritarian Regimes’ Cooperation: Egypt in the Arab Regional System.’
- Panel Organiser & Presenter at the 2014 Annual Meeting; Washington, DC — Panel title: 'Emigration, Diaspora, and the Sending State.’ Paper Title: ‘Prodigal Sons, Partial Fathers: Explaining Variation in Egypt’s Treatment of Emigrant Populations.’
Middle East Studies Association Meetings
- Invited presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting, Denver — ‘Nasser’s Educators and Agitators across al-Watan al-‘Arabi: Tracing the Foreign Policy Importance of Egyptian Regional Migration, 1952-1967.’
International Studies Association Conventions
- Panel Organiser at the 2015 Annual Convention; New Orleans — Panel Title: ‘Migration Governance in the post-‘Arab Spring’ Middle East.’
- Invited presentation at the 2014 Annual Convention; Toronto — ‘Returning from Saudi: Redefinitions of Citizenship in Neoliberal Egypt.’
Other Conferences [Selection]
- BISA 2015 Workshop Co-Convenor, London — Workshop Title: ‘Sending States, Emigrants & Diasporas: New Trends & Novel Approaches in Political Science.’
- Invited presentation at the 2015 European University Institute Migration Working Group; Florence — Panel Title: ‘Migrants as Objects and Subjects of Democratic Politics.’ Paper Title: ‘Explaining Variation in States’ Treatment of Emigrant Populations. The Case of Egypt, 1970-2011.’
- Invited presentation at the 2015 Annual Political Science Association International Conference; Sheffield — ‘Trading People, Consolidating Power: Assessing the Impact of Emigrant Policy on Authoritarian Regimes’ Durability.’
- Invited presentation at the 2015 DVPW Comparative Political Section Conference (GIGA); Hamburg—‘Trading People, Consolidating Power: Egyptian Authoritarianism & Migration Governance in the Middle East.’
- Invited presentation at 2014 ‘The Role of Diasporas, Migrants and Exiles in the Arab Revolutions and Political Transitions’ WAFAW Conference, Tunis — ‘Paying the Piper, Calling the Tune? Assessing the Impact of Emigration on Egypt’s Foreign Policy.’
- Invited presentation at the 2014 German Middle East Studies Association [DAVO] Annual Conference; Cologne — ‘Nasser’s Educators and Agitators across al-Watan al-Arabi: The Development and Politics of Regional Egyptian Migration, 1952–1970.’
- Invited presentation at the 2014 Annual Gulf Research Meeting; Cambridge — ‘The Bifurcation of Egypt’s Diaspora Policy.’
- Invited presentation at the 2014 British Society for Middle Eastern Studies [BRISMES] Annual Conference; Sussex — ‘Paying the Piper, Calling the Tune: Labor-Importing States’ Influence on Egypt’s Foreign Policy.’
- Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration
- International migration and diaspora politics