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Gerasimos Tsourapas wins Two Academic Awards

27 November 2015

Gerasimos Tsourapas, Senior Teaching Fellow in International Relations, won the 2015 Graduate Student Paper Prize of the Middle East Studies Association for his paper “Labour Emigration and State Strength during the Arab Cold War.” The Prize Committee, headed by Professor Ellen Fleischmann, noted that “Mr. Tsourapas manages to mine a diverse range of primary and secondary data on a topic that is defined as a ‘security issue’ by state elites. The paper makes a significant contribution to scholarship on the Middle East and labor migration, and convincingly demonstrates the centrality of labor migration in analyses of intra-Arab politics of the Arab Cold War.”
A second paper by Gerasimos Tsourapas, "Labour Emigration, Soft Power, and State Strength in Nasserite Egypt" was also awarded the 2015 Khayrallah Prize in Middle East Diaspora Studies. The Prize Committee was impressed with the quality of research, the clarity of his writing and the strength of his argument, commending his "intervention into Nasser's political use of migration and diaspora (and the limitation of the state to control both) [as] a novel way of thinking about transnationalism in the Middle East."
You can read more about the two prizes by visiting MESA website and NC State University Khayrallah Prize.

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