Gerasimos Tsourapas is an Assistant Professor in Middle East Politics at the University of Birmingham, and a past Visiting Fellow at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies of the American University of Cairo. His research focuses on the politics of international migration and the international relations of the Middle East.
His doctoral thesis ‘Trading People, Consolidating Power: Emigration & Authoritarianism in Modern Egypt’ received the 2016 Best Dissertation Prize by the American Political Science Association’s Section on Migration and Citizenship. For his scholarship, he has also received numerous other awards, including the 2017 Martin O. Heisler Award by the International Studies Association’s Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration Studies Section, the 2015 Graduate Paper Prize by the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and the 2015 Khayrallah Prize in Middle East Diaspora Studies.
He has published peer-reviewed research articles in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Mediterranean Studies, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, the Journal of Middle East & North African Migration Studies, and Insight Turkey.
His current research investigates the comparative politics of labor emigration in non-democratic contexts and the international relations dynamics of migration between European and non-European states in the broader Mediterranean littoral.