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Christopher Barrie

DPhil student
DPhil in Sociology

Research Interests: Collective action; contentious politics; political violence; war; ethnic conflict; nationalism; democratization.

Prior to embarking on my doctoral research, I received a BA in Middle Eastern and European Languages from Oxford, before completing an MSc in Middle East Politics at SOAS and an MSc in Sociology at Oxford.

I am interested in collective action, and the dynamics and outcomes of major episodes of mass mobilization. The topic of my dissertation is the Tunisian Revolution of 2010-11. For this, I use a mixed methods approach, combining analysis of extensive hand-coded event databases with qualitative interviews, documentary evidence, and survey data.

I have also written, and published, on the contentious politics of mass nationalism in Tunisia, and labour protest in Egypt after the 25 January Revolution. I have ongoing side projects on identity dynamics after the fall of Mosul to ISIS in 2014 in Iraq and anti-Christian violence in Egypt.

Christopher Barrie