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I am a Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, where I research Authoritarian Politics, with a specific focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

I am also a Co-Editor of The Journal of North African Studies and a Senior Research Fellow at the Project of Middle East Democracy.

I was previously the Margaret Smith Research Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Girton College, University of Cambridge.

My current research uncovers why in democracies some people decide to mobilise for autocracy.

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Ben Ali's Tunisia: Power and Contention in an Authoritarian Regime, Oxford University Press, 2023

Political Islam in Tunisia: The History of Ennahda, Hurst & Oxford University Press, 2017

  • Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 

  • Published in Arabic by Mediterranean Publishers, 2019

I am also the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Authoritarian Politics, Oxford University Press, 2024 (online first)

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Articles & Chapters

Recent publications include:

Wolf, Anne. "The Arab Uprisings: Internecine Contention and Regime Collapse" (under review).

Wolf, Anne & Michael Wilis. "Le renouveau de l’islam politique au Maghreb après les indépendances." In Francois Burgat and Matthieu Rey, Histoire des mobilisations islamistes, CNRS, 2022.

Wolf, Anne. "Morocco's Hirak Movement and Legacies of Contention in the Rif." The Journal of North African Studies, 24, no. 1 (2019): 1-6.

Wolf, Anne. "Beyond the ‘Revolution’: Authoritarian Revival and Elite Reconfiguration in Tunisia." The Middle East in London, 14, 1 (2018): pp. 12-14.

Wolf, Anne. "'Dégage RCD!' The Rise of Internal Dissent in Ben Ali's Constitutional Democratic Rally and the Tunisian Uprisings." Mediterranean Politics, 23, no. 2 (2018): 245-64.

Wolf, Anne. "What are Secular Parties in the Arab World? Insights from Tunisia's Nidaa Tounes and Morocco's PAM." In Lise Storm and Francesco Cavatorta, Political Parties in the Arab World: Continuity and Change, Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

Wolf, Anne. "An Islamist 'Renaissance'? Religion and Politics in Post-revolutionary Tunisia." The Journal of North African Studies 18, no. 4 (2013): 560-73.

For a full list of publications, please visit my Google Scholar site.


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Policy Papers

More policy papers are available on my Academia site.

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I am teaching two graduate courses on authoritarian politics. The first one is for Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations. You can find the course syllabus here. In addition, I am in the process of preparing an optional course focusing specifically on the authoritarian politics of the Middle East and North Africa for Oxford's Middle East Centre, St Antony's College.

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The end of democracy in Tunisia?

This is a recording of a live feature webinar held on Wednesday 10th November 2021 at the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford. Youssef Cherif (Columbia Global Centers) and Dr Anne Wolf (All Souls College, Oxford) discuss Tunisia's 2021 political crisis.

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