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Charis Boutieri was educated at the University of Oxford (BA), The London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc), and Princeton University (PhD). Her earlier research addressed knowledge production and dissemination in North Africa with special attention to the imbrication of colonial, nationalist, and international development agendas. This work produced the monograph Learning in Morocco: Language Politics and the Abandoned Educational Dream (Indiana University Press, 2016)and a number ofarticles in both peer reviewed and non-academic online publications.

Her current work focuses on the interaction between democracy promotion and agonistic politics in post-revolutionary Tunisia. Embedded in the landscape of civic activism and civic training, this work is informed by a threefold goal: 1) Map out the pedagogical – disciplinary – practices that shape processes of public deliberation in the country 2) Explore the localized and often contradictory enactments of democracy on the ground through the lenses of class, generation, and gender and religious difference 3) Contribute to our knowledge about the social relations that emerge at the intersection of neoliberal expansion and liberal representative democracy in a space of political transition. Charis intends to bring to light the intersection of social practices, cultural histories, and regulatory mechanisms that constitute the terrain of the negotiation of democracy. The project is based on fieldwork conducted regularly in Tunisia between 2013 and 2016, kindly supported by a King’s College London School of Arts and Humanities Seed Fund, a King’s College London School of Social Science and Public Policy Research Grant, and a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship (RF-2014-721, academic year 2014-2015). 

Charis is Associate Editor the Journal of North African Studies and Treasurer of the Middle East Section at the American Anthropology Association (AAA). She is a regular invited expert at the British Council (Tunisia and UK) and the FCO MENA Research Unit. In 2018, she joined the UK-Tunisia Higher Education and Scientific Research Joint Commission. 



  • Democracy, Democracy Promotion, Democratization
  • Revolution
  • Non-liberal democratic aspirations
  • Civil Society
  • Youth
  • Multiculturalism
  • North Africa and the Middle East 



States and Citizens in Political Anthropology

Lived Democracy

Rule of law: Culture, Society and Politics in the Middle East and North African

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