“Somewhere during my ten days in Paris (and Brittany) I received an illumination of some kind that seems to’ve changed me again, towards what I suppose’ll be my pattern for another seven years or more: in effect, a satori: the Japanese word for ‘sudden illumination,’ ‘sudden awakening’ or simply ‘kick in the eye.'” Jack Kerouac, Satori in Paris.
Youssef El Chazli is a Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts). He received a dual Ph.D. in Political Science from the Universities of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) in 2018. His research explores contentious politics and protest dynamics in North Africa and the Middle East, with a particular focus on Egyptian politics.
Before arriving to the Crown Center, El Chazli was a postdoctoral researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), serving as a core-researcher for the DREAM European Project, and was affiliated with the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin (Germany) and the Centre d’histoire sociale des mondes contemporains in Paris (France). Between 2011 and 2016, he was a graduate assistant à the Institute of Political Studies at Lausanne University and spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies, at Columbia University, New York.