Institute of Political Science

Dr. Mirjam Edel

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Melanchthonstr. 36
72074 Tübingen, Germany
                                                mirjam.edelspam                                                  Phone: 07071 2978367



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Academic background

Since October 2018

Akademische Rätin at the Institute of Political Science in Tübingen

June 2014 to September 2018

Researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Political Science in Tübingen, PhD project on repression in authoritarian regimes

September to December 2010

Study abroad at the American University in Cairo

May 2008 to May 2014

M.A. in Political Science and Islamic Studies at the University of Tübingen

M.A. thesis title: "Loyalty or Defection? A Multi-Step Model of Military Behavior during the Arab Uprisings of 2010/11"

Research interests

Repression under authoritarian rule

Military in the Middle East and North Africa


Democratization and authoritarianism

Country expertise

Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Morocco

Teaching (SoSe 2022)

Einführung in die Politikwissenschaft (Winter term 2018-19)

Middle East Politics and Societies (Winter term 2018-19)

"We, the people": A century of mobilization in the Middle East (1918-2018) (Winter term 2018-19)

Comparative Politics "Riding the Machine" - Regime, Staaten und der Wandel politischer Ordnungen (Winter term 2016-17)

Ethics and Methods in Political Science (Winter term 2016-17)

Comparative Politics of the Middle East (Summer term 2016)

Research in Political Science: Methods and Ethics (Winter term 2015-16)

The security sector in politics - Military and other security forces under authoritarian rule (Summer term 2015)

Einführung in die Politikwissenschaft (Winter term 2014/15)


Academic Presentations

Which Role of Law? Conceptualizing and theorizing legal and judicial aspects of political repression. Presentation at the conference of the GPSA-Section for Comparative Politics, März 16, 2017.

Death and Conviction Come at a Price. Taking Costs and Justifications Seriously in State Repression Research. Workshop on the International Dimension of Vertical Threats and Regime Security in Authoritarian Regimes, University Heidelberg, Februar 16, 2017.

Authoritarian Learning, Regional Diffusion, and Domestic Factors: How Egypt and Uzbekistan Seek to Legitimize Repression. Presentation at the ECPR General Conference, University Prag, September 9, 2016 as well as at the 23rd DAVO-Congress, University Tübingen, Oktober 7, 2016 (with Maria Josua).

Which Role of Law? State, Regime and the Judicialization of Political Repression. Workshop „Disentangling the State-Regime Nexus“, University Tübingen, June 16, 2016.

Disentangling the State-Regime. Nexus. Presentation at the V-Dem Institute, Göteborg, May 19, 2016 (with Thomas Altmeppen).

Security First: The Legitimation of State Repression in Egypt under Military Rule. Presentation at the Congress of the German Political Science Association, University Duisburg-Essen, September 24, 2015.

The Logic of State Repression. Theoretical Considerations and Illustrations from Egypt. Presentation at the 22nd DAVO Congress, University Bochum, September 23, 2015.

Political Learning during the Arab Uprisings. Presentation at the SeSaMO Conference, Venice, January 17-18, 2015

Political Learning and it’s Structural Limits in the Middle East. Presentation at the IDCAR Network Conference, Hamburg, December 17-19, 2014 (with Dr. André Bank)

Sequencing Legitimation and Repression Strategies. A Dynamic Perspective on the Interaction between State Actors and the Youth. Presentation on the 21st DAVO Congress, Cologne, September 25 - 27, 2014.

Inclusiveness, Loyalty, Defection. Pathways of Military Behavior during the Arab Uprisings. Presentation on the 4th World Congress of Middle East Studies (WOCMES), Ankara, August 18 - 22, 2014.

To Repress or Not to Repress? - Varieties of Regimes Survival Strategies in the Arab Spring. Presentation at DVPW annual meeting, Section of Comparative Politics, Marburg, March 29 - 31, 2012 (with Maria Josua, M.A.)

Other presentations (selection)

Echos of the Arab Spring - Human Rights in Bahrain. Panel discussion organized by Forum für internationale Sicherheit, Amnesty International Hochschulgruppe Heidelberg and Heidelberg MUN Society e.V., April 25, 2016.

Civil war in Syria – Asylum in Germany. Panel Discussion organized by the Juso-Hochschulgruppe Tübingen, June 24, 2015

Ägypten nach der Revolution. Presentation organized by the Akademische Verbindung Föhrberg, June 9, 2015

Politischer Islam. Presentation organized by pupils of the Isolde-Kurz-Gymnasium, Reutlingen, February 9, 2015.

Iran. Stillstand oder Aufbruch?. Panel discussion organized by the City of Esslingen, the Volkshochschule and the Community Cinema Esslingen, September 19, 2014.

Ägypten. Blick auf die Situation der Frauen. Presentation organized by the working group of social-democratic women Esslingen, October 14, 2013.

Frau sein in Ägypten. Presentation organized by the Protestant parish Gruibingen, February 5, 2014.

Politischer Aktivismus in Bahrain: Zwischen staatlicher Unterdrückung und internationaler Ignoranz. Presentation organized by Amnesty International Tübingen, June 25, 2014.


Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO) - German Middle East Studies Association

Polis. Förderverein für Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Tübingen e.V.- German friends' association for Political Science in Tübingen