Dr. Maria Josua

Research Fellow | Research Team Spokesperson


  • Short CV

    • Since 07/2019: Spokesperson of the Research Team "Authoritarian Politics", Research Programme 1

    • 2015 - 2018: Spokesperson of the Research Team "Authoritarian Politics", Research Programme 1

    • Since 07/2014: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies, coordinator of IDCAR network

    • 2009 - 2014: Research Associate and Lecturer at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen, Research Unit on Middle East and Comparative Politics

    • Education: M.A. in Political Science, Islamic Studies and Public International Law at the University of Tübingen and the University of Copenhagen, 2002-2009; PhD dissertation "The Arab Uprisings as Crises of Legitimacy: Success and Failure of Strategies of Political Rule in Jordan and Algeria" at the University of Tübingen, 2009-2014

    Current Research

    • Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East and North Africa

    • Authoritarian learning

    • Legitimation of authoritarian regimes

    • Repression of protest movements

    Countries and Regions

    • Algeria

    • Jordan


    Memberships

    • Middle East Studies Association
    • German Political Science Association
    • German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-714maria.josua@giga-hamburg.de

    GIGA Working Papers | 08/2022

    Justifications of Repression in Autocracies: An Empirical Analysis of the Maghreb, 2000–2010

    How do autocrats communicate everyday acts of repression? This paper introduces and analyses a novel dataset on justifications for incidents of repression in Morocco and Tunisia during the years 2000–2010, showing that the chosen forms thereof influence how officials subsequently talk about them.

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Dataset | 2022

    Justifications of Repressive Incidents in Morocco and Tunisia Dataset (JuRI)

    This novel event dataset contains information on 439 repressive incidents in Morocco and Tunisia from 2000-2010. It disaggregates various dimensions of repression and its justification. The JuRI dataset is based on a compilation of publicly available human rights reports.

    https://doi.org/10.7802/2438

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Journal of Global Security Studies | 09/2021

    What Drives Diffusion? Anti-Terrorism Legislation in the Arab Middle East and North Africa

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 08/2021

    The Legitimation of Repression in Autocracies

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Mediterranean Politics | 2021

    The Arab Uprisings and the Return of Repression

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Dr. Mirjam Edel

    Research Project | 01/07/2019 - 30/06/2023

    Justifying Repression in Authoritarian Regimes of the Arab World: Official Framing and Target Audiences

    This project offers a new perspective on how repression can sustain authoritarianism. It focuses on Tunesia and Morocco – two countries with divergent trajectories during the Arab uprisings. Bridging framing and autocracy research, the project develops a new concept of justifications of repression. It shows how their application in different branches of government differs, why certain types of justifications are chosen, and what effect they have.
    DFG, 2019-2023

    Research Project | 01/07/2014 - 30/06/2019

    International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes - IDCAR-Network

    In politics and political science alike, the increasing international influence of authoritarian regimes has become a central concern around the globe. From 2014-2019, the IDCAR network brought together some of the most renowned scholars in the field to produce high-level research and, based on this, policy advice and public outreach.
    Leibniz Association, 2014-2019

    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 24/08/2022

    Energiekrise: Algerien ist in Europa wieder gefragt

    Zur Versorgung Europas mit Erdgas sollen neue Abkommen mit Algerien geschlossen werden. Dies führt innenpolitisch zur kurzfristigen Stabilisierung der algerischen Autokratie. 

    Speaker | 13/09/2022

    Autocratic Courts and Judicial Repression – the Case of Tunisia under Ben Ali

    This presentation explored courts in Tunisia as sites of judicial repression in the autocratic phase during the late Ben Ali era.

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Chair | 13/09/2022

    Deutscher Orientalistentag 2022

    At the DOT 2022, Maria Josua and Jannis Grimm (FU Berlin) co-organized and co-chaired a double panel on "Narratives of violence and repression", with one panel focusing on repression as a regime strategy, and the other one on the consequences of violence for activists.

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Organiser | 09/06/2022 - 10/06/2022

    Communicating Repression: Studying Official Framing and Its Perception in Autocracies

    GIGA Event GIGA: 09/06/2022 - 10/06/2022 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    On 9–10 June 2022, a research workshop brought together scholars working on the nexus of legitimation, protest, and repression in autocracies. The workshop was held in the context of the German Research Foundation (DFG)-funded research project “Justifying Repression in Authoritarian Regimes of the Arab World: Official Framing and Target Audiences,” directed by Dr. Maria Josua. At the workshop, cooperation partners and other colleagues working on these topics presented their ongoing research and discussed preliminary findings of the project.

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Teaching | University of Tübingen | 2014

    Concepts and Theories of Political Rule: Current Trends in Research on Authoritarianism

    University of Tübingen Tübingen Germany

    Teaching | University of Tübingen | 2013

    Comparative Politics: Authoritarian Systems

    University of Tübingen Tübingen Germany

    Teaching | University of Tübingen | 2013

    Politics after the Arab Spring

    University of Tübingen Tübingen Germany

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