Dr. Tsourapas joined POLSIS in 2016. His research interests include the determinants of authoritarian durability, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa context; emigration and diaspora politics, particularly in the Global South; and the interplay between population mobility and international relations, particularly with regard to forced migration and refugee politics.
Prior to the University of Birmingham, Dr. Tsourapas was a Senior Teaching Fellow in International Relations at SOAS, University of London (2015-16), where he was awarded the Annual Director’s Teaching Prize for excellence in teaching and the promotion of learning within the School. During the 2013-14 academic year he was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies of the American University of Cairo, and a Guest Researcher at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute, Leiden University in Cairo.
His research has been funded by a three-year SOAS Research Studentship, an American University of Cairo Visiting Graduate Scholar Fellowship, and a number of smaller grants. He has pursued training in qualitative and quantitative methodologies at the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (2013) and the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis (2015), respectively. He has also undertaken Arabic language training (Modern Standard Arabic & Egyptian Colloquial Arabic) in Cairo, London, as well as at the Middlebury College Arabic School as a Kathryn W. Davis Fellow for Peace.
Dr. Tsourapas attended Yale University (B.A., 2006, Political Science and Economics) on a four-year Charles F. Hunt scholarship, and the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc., 2007, International Political Economy) on an Achillopoulos Foundation fellowship. He was also employed as a researcher for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009-11), and as a European Union elections observer, most recently at the Tunisian Constituent Assembly elections. During the latter he was deployed to Tunis and Brussels, where he participated in the European Union’s first attempt at monitoring out-of-country voting.