Professor Michael Willis

Professor of North African Politics HM King Mohammed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies

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BA R’dg, MA Lond, MA Oxf, PhD Durh

Prof Michael J. Willis is Professor of North African Politics and King Mohammed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies. His research interests focus on the politics, modern history and international relations of the central Maghreb states (Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco). Before joining St Antony’s in 2004, he taught politics at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco for seven years.

He is the author of Algeria: Politics and Society from the Dark Decade to the Hirak (Hurst, 2022); Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2012) and The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History (Ithaca and New York University Press, 1997) and co-editor of Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (Oxford University Press, 2015).

He was Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s 2011-2014 and 2021-2022.

He is on sabbatical leave in Morocco for the academic year 2023-2024.

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