Youssef el-Chazli (Post-Doc)

I am a sociologist of contemporary Egypt and a postdoctoral researcher at the DREAM research project. In 2018, I earned my PhD from the universities of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and Lausanne (Switzerland). The dissertation focused on my hometown, Alexandria, and the multiple transformations the city has witnessed in the last three decades. Between 2011 and 2016, I was a graduate assistant at the University of Lausanne and during the 2014-2015 academic year, I was a visiting scholar at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University in New York. Before that, I studied Law at Cairo University and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne; Political Science and Middle East Studies as an undergraduate at Sciences Po Paris; and obtained my M.A. in International Relations also from Sciences Po Paris.

Over the past decade, I have worked and published on different topics. My main focus has been Egyptian contentious politics. In my doctoral dissertation, I studied the case of Egypt’s 2nd city, Alexandria, its multiple economic, cultural, urban, and political changes from the 1980s onwards. This work led me to analyze both the dynamics of political activism in Alexandria as well as the specific developments of this city, its urban fabric, social institutions, and local history. For my M.A. thesis, I investigated pro-Palestinian activism in Egypt, transnational solidarities, and Egyptian foreign policy in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Besides this main focus on Egyptian politics, I have also worked on the uses of social media in politics and the “independent” or “underground” art scenes in Cairo and Alexandria.