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


University of Ottawa, Canada

Faculty of Social Sciences
School of Political Studies
120 Université (FSS)
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1N 6N5

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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.

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