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From Prison to Palace: Islamism and Inclusion in Tunisia

  • 207 Knox Hall, Columbia University (map)

Discussant: Professor Al Stepan, Wallace Sayre Professor of Government and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion

Comments by: Professor Karen Barkey, Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life and Professor of Sociology and History

Monica L. Marks is a Rhodes Scholar and doctoral candidate at St. Antony's College, Oxford. Her work, which focuses primarily on Islamism, youth politics, and security reform in Tunisia, has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and the Huffington Post, as well as academic publications. As lead Tunisia researcher for the Barcelona-based Institute for Integrated Transitions in 2012-2013, Ms. Marks drafted “Inside the Transition Bubble,” a report analyzing international technical assistance flows to four key sectors of Tunisia's transition. A former Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, Ms. Marks returned there to work as an instructor at Istanbul's Bogazici University in summer 2013. She is currently based in Tunisia, where she has also moonlighted as a freelance journalist for the New York Times. 

Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) and the Middle East Institute.