Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Laryssa Chomiak

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Dr Laryssa Chomiak is a political scientist, specializing in the comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa. 

Her work has appeared as book chapters and journal articles in Middle East Law and GovernanceThe Journal of North African StudiesPortal 9 and Middle East Report

Dr Chomiak has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Commission (Morocco), the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX/Ukraine) and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS/Tunisia).

She is a member of the advisory board of Middle East Law and Governance. Before her doctoral studies she worked at USAID’s Bureau of Global Health in Washington, DC. 

Her opinion analyses and essays have appeared in the Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor, as well as for the Middle East Institute. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland in 2011. 

Areas of expertise

  • Tunisia and North Africa
  • Political transitions and democracy
  • Social movements
  • Dissent, protest and contentious politics

Past experience

2011 -Director, Centre d'Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT)


  • The Revolution in Tunisia Continues Middle East Institute, September 2016.
  • Tunisia with Robert P. Parks in Ellen Lust, ed. The Middle East, 14th Edition, Congressional Quarterly Press/Sage Publishing, 2016.                      
  • Architecture of Resistance in Tunisia in Ellen Lust and Lina Khatib, eds. Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.