I’m a doctoral candidate in Princeton University’s Department of Politics, where I research the contemporary politics of the Middle East & North Africa.
My dissertation analyzes the determinants of state concessions to socioeconomic protest movements, asking in particular how democratizing revolutions - "successful" or otherwise - shift the logic of state response to mobilization. During 15 months of fieldwork in Tunisia and Morocco, I conducted comparative studies of mobilization and state response in the phosphate mining regions of Gafsa (Tunisia) and Khourigba (Morocco). I am building an archival database of protests, strikes, and sit-ins in Morocco and Tunisia (2006-2016) from local daily and opposition papers with an amazing team of 12 research assistants. My dissertation research is supported by the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the American Institute for Maghreb Studies.
You can click here to watch a video about my dissertation research, starring myself and my inimitable advisor Amaney Jamal, with cameos from teacher trainee demonstrators in Rabat. (Special thanks to Nick Barberio, Katherine Rohrer, and the Princeton Communications Office for producing this!)
I also write and teach about voting behavior, historical economic development, qualitative / field research methods, and survey methodology. I have been learning Arabic for ten years. I have studied and worked in Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia. Outside of work I'm a volunteer citizenship tutor at the Arab American Association in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where I help candidates for naturalization prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam and improve their English language skills.
I’m a former news videographer and non-academic writer. I worked as a video production fellow at Democracy Now! and before that as a producer at Radio Open Source for NPR. I’m committed to writing and making media about my scholarly research for non-specialists – see my Writing & Video page for some examples.
I’m a French/American New Jersey native (hence, “Chantal”) and I earned my BA from Brown University and my MA from Princeton.