Yasmina Abouzzohour, Ph.D.

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Yasmina Abouzzohour, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer

Yasmina Abouzzohour is an Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer at the Institute for the Transregional Study at Princeton University. Previously, she served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard University. Abouzzohour received her Ph.D. at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and her B.A., with honors, at the Department of Political Science and the Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University.

A comparative political scientist specializing in state-society relations across regime types, Abouzzohour employs mixed methods to explore both sides of this interrelationship. Specifically, she studies how the long-term interactions between societal groups and state institutions impact public perception and state policies. Much of her teaching and research lies at the juncture of comparative politics and political economy, with particular emphasis on the Arab monarchies and Maghreb states.

In her current book project, Why Does God Save the King? How Monarchies Endure and Evolve in the Middle East and North Africa, she employs a range of research methods to investigate the long-term durability of monarchical institutions. In other projects, Abouzzohour analyzes survey data to explore the determinants and implications of heightened public trust in the military in non-democratic contexts and Twitter data to examine public perception of newly imposed taxes in rentier states. 

Her work has been supported by the American Political Science Association, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Andrew Mellon Fund, the University of Oxford, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, and the Project on Middle East Political Science, among others.

  • Ph.D. in Politics, University of Oxford 
  • B.A. in Political Science, Columbia University
  • B.A. in French and Romance Philology, Columbia University