Zaynab El Bernoussi

Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BBA Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane; MiF IE Business School; MPA Columbia University; PhD Université catholique de Louvain

Research Areas: Dignity Politics; International Relations; Sino-Arab Relations; Policy Analysis; International Development and Security; Middle East and North Africa; Global South; Financialization of International Political Economy


Zaynab El Bernoussi, or Z, is a scholar of dignity politics, international relations, and the international political economy. Her research interests focus on the politicization of dignity demands in the political development of the global South, bioethical issues, and South-South cooperation. Her first book, Dignity in the Egyptian Revolution, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2021. Z is Vice-Chair of the Global South Caucus of International Studies at the International Studies Association (ISA), a founding member of the Security in Context network, and a member of the Rabat Social Studies Institute (RSSI). Z was a Fulbright grantee in 2009-2011 and 2017 and a Carnegie grantee in 2014 and 2022. She was a recipient of the Arab Prize in 2015 by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) for her article, Postcolonial Politics of Dignity: From the 1956 Suez Canal Nationalization to the 2011 Revolution in Egypt. Z lived in Morocco, the US, Spain, Italy, and Hong Kong, China.

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