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Christopher Barrie

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology
DPhil in Sociology

Research Interests: Political sociology; protest; political violence; Middle East politics.

I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Prior to my doctoral research, I earned a BA in European and Middle Eastern Languages from Oxford, before completing an MSc in Middle East Politics at SOAS and an MSc in Sociology at Oxford.

I am interested in the causes, consequences, and dynamics of protest and conflict. I have published on the advent of mass nationalism in Tunisia, and the dynamics of labour protest in Egypt. My dissertation looks at the dynamics of revolution and conflict in Iraq and Tunisia. For this, I use hand-coded datasets of protest during the Tunisian Revolution, alongside survey, social media, and qualitative interview data. My work on Iraq exploits a natural experiment setup to explore changes in self-identification in Iraq after the fall of Mosul to ISIS.

Other ongoing projects include work on anti-Christian violence in Egypt (w Killian Clarke and Neil Ketchley), recruitment to ISIS in Tunisia (w Neil Ketchley and Aaron Zelin), and the temporal dynamics of protest in Egyptian and Tunisia (w Neil Ketchley). A final work in progress (w Arun Frey) is methodological and proposes using Twitter data to examine the ideological composition of crowds.

Christopher Barrie