Politics Faculty

Thomas Serres
  • Title
    • Lecturer
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
    • Legal Studies
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    • Crown College Admin Building, 231
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Biography, Education and Training

Thomas Serres is a specialist of North African and Mediterranean politics and his scholarship focuses on questions of crisis, economic restructuring and authoritarian upgrading. His first book studies the politics of catastrophization in post-civil war Algeria. This forthcoming monograph is entitled Managing the Crisis, Blaming the People: The Suspended Disaster in Bouteflika's Algeria (Gérer la Crise, Blâmer le Peuple: De la Catastrophe Suspendue dans l'Algérie de Bouteflika). He has also recently co-edited the volume North Africa and the Making of Europe: Governance, Institutions, Culture, which was published by Bloomsbury Academic Press in 2018. In his second project, he investigates the securitization of human capital in the Mediterranean and the responses of North African state and non-state actors to the economic reforms promoted by the European Union.

Selected Publications


Gérer la crise, blâmer le peuple. La catastrophe suspendue dans l'Algérie de Bouteflika (Managing Crisis, Blaming People. The Suspended Disaster in Bouteflika's Algeria), Paris: Karthala-IRMC, forthcoming 2018.

North Africa and the Making of Europe: Governance, Institutions and Culture, co-edited with Muriam H. Davis, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.


Peer Reviewed Articles:

“Face au non-évènement : Réflexions à partir d'une expérience de terrain à Alger” (“Facing the Non-Event: Reflections based on field-work in Algiers”), Sociétés plurielles, 1, 2017, 1-27.

“Algerian Symbolic Analysts and the Culture of the Masses,” with Tristan Leperlier, Middle East - Topics & Arguments, 7, 2017, 64-74.

“En attendant Bouteflika. Le président et la crise de sens en Algérie” (“Waiting for Bouteflika: The President and the Crisis of Meaning in Algeria”), L'Année du Maghreb, X, 2014, 59-75.

“La ‘jeunesse algérienne’ en lutte. Du rôle politique conflictuel d'une catégorie sociale hétérogène” (“The Struggle of the ‘Algerian Youth’: On the Conflictual Political Role of a Heterogeneous Social Category”) Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée, 134, 2013, 213-230.

“Contestatory Politics in Algeria: Between Postcolonial Legacies and the Arab Spring,” with Muriam H. Davis, Middle East Critique, 22:2, 2013, 99-112.


Articles in Edited Volumes:

“La réforme du marché du travail, entre néolibéralisation et tiers-mondisme” (“Reforming the Job Market, Between Neoliberalization and Third-Worldism”), in Karima Dirèche (eds.), L'Algérie au Présent, Paris: Karthala-IRMC, forthcoming 2018.

“Give Us Back Our Oil : Claims for Justice in Light of Algeria's Colonial Past,” in Muriam Haleh Davis (ed.), The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution, Washington DC : Tadween Publishing, 2014.


Working Papers:

“Ordoliberalism beyond Borders: The EU and Algeria's Human Capital,” EUI Working Papers, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, BORDERLANDS Project, 42, 2016.