Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)

School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Zaynab El Bernoussi

  • Assistant Professor
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Status: Full-time
  • Office number : 102
  • Building : 8
  • Office phone : (+212)-535-863-393
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  • Dr. Zaynab El Bernoussi is a professor of international relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University and a member of the Hillary Clinton Center for Women's Empowerment (HCC). She holds a bachelor of business administration from Al Akhawayn University, a master in finance from IE Business School, a master of public administration from Columbia University, and a PhD in political and social Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain under the supervision of Dr. Vincent Legrand and Dr. Baudouin Dupret. Dr. El Bernoussi was a Carnegie visiting scholar at the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Kurzman. She is now a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University under the advisorship of Dr. Donna Hicks and an associated researcher at the History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization project by the European Union. Dr. El Bernoussi’s research is at the intersection of postcolonial theory and dignity politics in the case of Egypt. She is now working on the constitutional process of post-Arab Spring Tunisia, on global understandings of dignity and development paradigms, and on Sino-Arab relations.
  • Degree : Ph.D. (2016) in Sciences Politiques et Sociales, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belguim
  • Research areas and expertise : International relations; the politics of dignity; international political economy; and development studies.

  • Grants and honors : Carnegie Fellowships in Support of Arab-Region Social Science, Fulbright Scholarship and Post-doctoral Grant
Book reviews: - Michael Rosen, 2012. Dignity: Its History and Meaning. Published in Social Forces, December 25, 2014. - Partha Chatterjee, 2011. Lineages of Political Society. Published in International Sociology, March 2014, 29 (2).
Bibliography: - “Spaces of Politics,” in Theorizing International Politics from the Global South: A World of Difference, Nizar Messari, Arlene B. Tickner, L.H.M Ling, eds, Routledge, November 2017. - “La Négociation Interculturelle,” in Le Management Interculturel: Concepts, approches, problématiques et pratiques, Abderrahman Hassi, Mohammed Amine Balambo, and Khalid Limamy, eds, Imprimerie Dar El Maarif El Jadida: Rabat, 2016, pp. 145-162. - “The postcolonial politics of dignity: From the 1956 Suez nationalization to the 2011 Revolution in Egypt.” International Sociology, first published in July 23, 2014, then in the Arab Spring Special Issue of 2015, Vol. 30(4) 367-382. SHORT ARTICLES - “China’s Civilizational Diplomacy” Politics, Project Syndicate, December 5, 2016. - “What Price Dignity?” Arab Awakening, Open Democracy, October 20, 2015. - “Allah, the state, or Mom,” Arab Awakening, Open Democracy, May 14, 2014. - “North African Textiles Shifting to Vietnam?” APAC (Asia Pacific Affairs Council) Journal, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, Winter 2011.

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