Dr. Maria Josua

Research Fellow | Research Team Spokesperson

Dr. Maria Josua

  • Short CV

    • Currently on maternal leave

     

    • Since 07/2023: MECAM Publication Manager
    • 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

    • 2014 - 2019: Coordinator of IDCAR Network 
    • Since 07/2014: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

    • 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

    • Tunisia

    Memberships

    • Middle East Studies Association, Membership in region-specific association or network, since 2020
    • German Political Science Association, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2015
    • German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation, Membership in region-specific association or network, since 2003

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    T. +49 40 42825-714maria.josua@giga-hamburg.de

    Meditteranean Politics | 2021

    The Arab Uprisings and the Return of Repression

    Dr. Mirjam Edel

    University of Tübingen

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 4/2023

    Tunisia’s Autocratisation under President Kais Saied

    After the Arab uprisings, Tunisia would emerge as the only Arab democracy. President Kais Saied’s July 2021 coup has, however, led to the autocratisation of the state. This GIGA Focus traces Saied’s base of support, his strategies, and rhetoric, as well as their implications for Tunisia’s future.

    Research Project | 01/07/2019 - 31/10/2024

    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, 2019-2024

    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 | 31/01/2023

    Algeria increases pressure on local human rights activists

    The article highlights the recent increase in repression in Algeria. Dr. Maria Josua classifies arbitrary court sentences against human rights activists.

    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. 

    Workshop | 17/06/2023

    Workshops on Middle East Politics: Media, Information and Digitization

    Workshops on Middle East Politics: Media, Information and Digitization, University of Tübingen, Tübingen Organisers: University of Tübingen Dr. Maria Josua (Panelist)

    Maria Josua participated in the Workshops on Middle East Politics in Tübingen with an input on "Media responsibility vis-à-vis autocratic discourse and disinformation in the digital age" on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the CMEPS Master Program of The American University in Cairo and the University of Tübingen.

    Conference | 14/06/2023 - 16/06/2023

    Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion Internationale Beziehungen der DVPW

    Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion Internationale Beziehungen der DVPW, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen Organisers: Sektion "Internationale Beziehungen", DVPW Dr. Maria Josua (Organiser)

    Maria Josua and Julia Gurol jointly organised and chaired a panel on "How Authoritarian Narratives Travel: Exploring Senders and Audiences at Home and Abroad" at the IR Section Conference of the German Political Science Foundation in Friedrichshafen.

    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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