AGYA Member

Irene Weipert-Fenner

Political Science

Areas of Expertise:
Comparative Politics of the MENA, Authoritarian Regimes, Political Transformation, Democratization, Political Institutions, Social Movements, Contentious Politics

About me

I’m a senior research fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). I currently co-direct an international research project on ‘Struggles over Socioeconomic Reforms: Political Conflict and Social Contention in Egypt and Tunisia post 2011 in Interregional Comparison’, carried out in cooperation with the Arab Forum for Alternatives (AFA), an Egyptian think tank, and the University of Sfax in Tunisia. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from Goethe University Frankfurt. In 2019, I  served as a visiting professor of Middle Eastern Politics at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany.  

My main areas of interests are authoritarian regimes, democratization, and social movements in Egypt and Tunisia. I have worked on authoritarian political institutions, mainly parliaments, on labor and trade unions as well as unemployed activism. (Picture by HSFK/Ralf Schöneberger)

Current projects

Academic Career


2019 (April – August)


Visiting Professorship, Philipps-University, Marburg, Middle Eastern Politics


2014 - today


Project Director, Senior Research Fellow, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Research Department Intrastate Conflict


2013 - 2015


Postdoc Position, Philipps-University, Marburg, Research Network ‘Re-configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa’, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies


2009 - 2013


Ph.D. in Political Science, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main


2008 - 2009


Lecturer, Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg, Middle East Department, Arabic and Islamic Studies




M.A. Political Science, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany


Selected Publications

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Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK)

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