PhD candidate in International Relations and Political Science, Graduate Institute, Geneva
Junior Visiting Fellow
(November 2017 – March 2018)
Protest in Authoritarian Regimes—From Everyday Resistance to Popular Uprisings: Tunisia and Czechoslovakia in the Decade before the Revolution
My research explores the variety of protest in authoritarian settings and authoritarian regimes’ vulnerability to contestation from below. Combining interviewing and archival research, I examine different forms of protest from the point of view of the state (Czechoslovakia) and the society (Tunisia). While each case employs a different perspective, both exemplify the subversive potential of micro-practices of resistance as well as the various mechanisms of protest spread and transformation identified theoretically. Drawing on insights from political science and sociology, I seek to present a more dynamic view of both political regimes and protest.