Dr. Alyssa Miller

Research Fellow

  • Short CV

    • Since 11/2021: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies; Scientific Coordinator for IFG on Identities and Beliefs, MECAM project (in Tunisia)

    • 2020 - 2021: Visiting Lecturer, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, USA

    • 2019 - 2020: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Wolf Humanities Center, University of Pennsylvania

    • Education: PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Duke University; M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin; CASA Fellow, American University in Cairo

    Current Research

    • Religion and National Identity

    • Marginalization and Social Inequality

    • Borderlands

    • Transitional Justice

    • Kinship and Ambiguous Loss

    Countries and Regions

    • Middle East

    • Tunisia

    Dr. Alyssa Miller

    Research Fellow


    #MECAM #Indentities and Beliefs | 06/2022

    The UGTT: A “Counter-Power” in Contentious Times – Notes from the Field

    Introductory essay for #MECAM #Identities&Beliefs series on the UGTT.

    Dr. Alyssa Miller

    Research Fellow

    Arbia Selmi

    Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East | 08/2021

    "I Do Not Forgive!": Hope and Refusal in Tunisia's Democratic Transition

    Dr. Alyssa Miller

    Research Fellow

    Research Project | 01/04/2020 - 31/03/2023

    Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM): Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity

    The "Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb" (MECAM), founded in 2020, is a platform for regional and international scientific exchange in Tunisia based on the central theme "Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity". The centre is located at the renowned Université de Tunis in the Tunisian capital. Its research work focuses on the effects of multidimensional disparity on models, visions and ideas about political, social, economic, and cultural futures.
    BMBF, 2020-2023

    Speaker | 24/02/2022

    Kinship and the Affective Politics of Citizenship for Tunisian Returnees

    Conference 24/02/2022

    Dr. Alyssa Miller

    Research Fellow

    Speaker | 16/02/2022

    Motherhood and/as Solidarity in the Wake of the Islamic State

    This talk examines the power of motherhood as a basis for solidarity in Tunisia, within a broader kin-based strategy to defend citizenship rights for ex-combatants and other would-be returnees from the Islamic State.

    Dr. Alyssa Miller

    Research Fellow

    Speaker | 17/11/2021

    Poignant Attachments: Mothering the Missing in Tunisia

    Conference 17/11/2021

    A paper presented at the panel:
    "Kinship in Reverse II: Conflicts Over Care"

    Dr. Alyssa Miller

    Research Fellow

    Teaching | GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies | Accountability and Participation | GIGA Doctoral Programme | 2022

    Interdisciplinarity in Practice: The Venture of MECAM

    GIGA Doctoral Programme


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