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Department of Politics and International Studies

Mr Gerasimos Tsourapas

BA (Yale University), MSc (LSE & SOAS)

Overview

Gerasimos Tsourapas
Department of Politics and International Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow

Name:
Mr Gerasimos Tsourapas
Email address:
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Room 262
Office Hours:
By appointment only, Tuesdays 4 - 6
Thesis title:
Trading People, Consolidating Power: Authoritarianism and the Institutionalisation of Emigration in Egypt
Year of Study:
3
Website:
http://www.gtsourapas.net/

Biography

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.

PhD Research

I am currently a Ph.D. student and Senior Teaching Fellow at the Politics & International Relations Department at SOAS, University of London. During the 2013-14 academic year I am a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies of the American University of Cairo, and a Guest Researcher at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute, Leiden University in Cairo.

My doctoral dissertation focuses on Egypt in the 1970-2011 period as a case study of the ways in which authoritarian regimes selectively use emigration control as a means towards furthering their aims. Thus, I am broadly interested in state involvement in emigrants’ affairs, primarily across the Middle East region. I have published peer-reviewed articles on authoritarian durability in Tunisia, and the European Union’s foreign policy towards Egypt.

Prior to coming to SOAS, I attended Yale University (B.A., Political Science and Economics), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc., International Political Economy). My employment history includes working as a researcher for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009-11), and as a European Union elections observer, most recently at the Tunisian Constituent Assembly elections. During the latter I was deployed to Tunis and Brussels, where I participated in the Union’s first attempt at monitoring out-of-country voting.

PhD Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • '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.
Book Chapters
  • ‘Migration,’ in G. Newby (ed.), The Islamic World: An Encyclopaedia of History, Culture, and Society (New York, M.E. Sharpe) (forthcoming).
Book Reviews
  • ‘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.
Other Publications
  • '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

PhD Conferences

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.’

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