Dr. Maria Josua

Research Fellow | Research Team Spokesperson

Dr. Maria Josua

  • 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, 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 (0)40 - 428 25-714maria.josua@giga-hamburg.de

    Meditteranean Politics | 2021

    The Arab Uprisings and the Return of Repression

    Dr. Mirjam Edel

    University of Tübingen

    Meditteranean Politics | 2021

    The Arab Uprisings and the Return of Repression

    Dr. Mirjam Edel

    University of Tübingen

    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 | 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. 

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

    Communicating Repression: Studying Official Framing and Its Perception in Autocracies

    GIGA Event GIGA, Hamburg: 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.

    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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