Jan Claudius Völkel

AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future

 Jan Claudius Völkel
  • Political Science,
  • Middle East Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Contemporary developments in the Arab world; Euro-Mediterranean relations; Democratisation; Autocracies; Parliaments; Political institutions

2015 - 2020


IES Abroad European Union, Germany

Werthmannstraße 11
79098 Freiburg

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About me

AGYA’s multidisciplinary environment has offered me unique insights, opportunities for involvement and access to networks that have tremendously enriched my academic engagement with the Arab world.

As an AGYA member from 2015 to 2020, I was involved in a number of projects with the Working Group ‘Transformation’. Particular highlights included conferences on ‘Populism in Europe and the Middle East’ (Leipzig, 2016) and ‘Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Countries: Lessons from Bosnia-Herzegovina’ (Sarajevo and Srebrenica, 2018), as well as a study trip to the European Union in Brussels (2018). During my AGYA tenure, I contributed to the edited volume ‘Academia in Transformation: Scholars facing the Arab Uprisings’ (2018), and am currently co-editing the forthcoming AGYA book ‘Arab Countries and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact, Implications, and Future Prospects’ (2021). Within AGYA, I served as the member in charge of the ‘Transformation’ Working Group in 2018 and on the ‘Equity’ Task Force. Upon joining the AGYA Alumni network in late 2020, I was elected to be co-speaker for the year 2021, along with Prof. Henda Mahmoudi.

Academic Career

2019 - today

Senior Researcher, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, University of Freiburg, Germany

2017 - 2019

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

2013 - 2019

DAAD Long-term Lecturer (Visiting Professor), Cairo University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Egypt


Research Assistant, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

2010 - 2011

Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Salzburg, Austria

2008 - 2010

Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg, Germany  
2002 - 2007 PhD in Political Science, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, University of Freiburg, Germany


My Commitment to AGYA
Former AGYA Alumni Co-Speaker 2020-2021
Former Member in Charge of the Working Group 'Transformation'
My advice to future AGYA members

Get involved and exposed!

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Janine Clark and Francesco Cavatorta (eds.) Political Science Research in the Middle East and North Africa, Oxford University Press

Favourite novel:
Die Physiker by Friedrich Dürrenmatt 

Best thinker/scientist from my country:
Christian Drosten