Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Laryssa Chomiak
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+216 22 76 76 33


Dr Laryssa Chomiak is a political scientist, specializing in the comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa.  She is currently finalizing her book on the politics of dissent in Tunisia, prior to and following the 2011 revolution. 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. 


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


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


Broadcast experience

Some (NPR, BBC, Al-Jazeera)


  • English (broadcast standard)
  • Conversational Arabic, French, German, Ukrainian
  • 'The Revolution in Tunisia Continues', Middle East Institute, 22 September 2016.
  • 'Tunisia' (with Robert P. Parks) in Ellen Lust, ed. The Middle East, 14th Edition (Congressional Quarterly Press/Sage Publishing, 2016).
  • 'Five years after the Tunisian revolution, political frustration does not diminish progress', the Washington Post (Monkey Cage), 14 January 2016.
  • 'The richness of Tunisia’s new politics', the Washington Post (Monkey Cage), 29 October 2014.                         
  • 'Architecture of Resistance in Tunisia' in Ellen Lust and Lina Khatib, eds. Taking to the Streets: Activism, Arab Uprisings and Democratization. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.