Born in 1968, Vincent Geisser is a political scientist and a research fellow (CR1) at the CNRS based at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Beirut) since September 2011. He is the president of the Centre d’information et d’études sur les migrations internationales (CIEMI, Paris) since April 2005 and editor of Migrations Société review. He is also a member of the editorial committee of L’Année du Maghreb (CNRS Editions).
He has authored more than fifty articles and papers on a wide range of subjects dealing with ethnicity, Muslim migrations in France and Europe, Islamophobia, the Tunisian political system or authoritarianism in the Arab world.
In the framework of the WAFAW project, he focuses primarily on “Gender and Politics in the Arab World”, “Islamism and democratic transition in Tunisia” and “Diasporas and Arab revolutions”.
Between 1995 and 2008, Vincent Geisser managed a scientific program on Arab authoritarian political systems, focusing particularly on Tunisia. He developed the concept of “democratic authoritarianism” and “authoritarian democracy”, highlighting phenomena of “political hybridization”. In this perspective, he published two volumes Le syndrome autoritaire. Politique en Tunisie de Bourguiba à Ben Ali (Presses de Sciences Po, 2003, with Michel Camau), and Autoritarismes démocratiques et démocraties autoritaires au XXIe siècle (La Découverte, 2008, edited with Olivier Dabène and Gilles Massardier).
Vincent Geisser has also developed his research on the phenomena of racism in France against the Arab and Islamic populations. He is the first researcher to have conceptualized “new Islamophobia” in Europe. He has published three books on this subject: La nouvelle islamophobie (La Découverte, 2003, translated into Arabic, Polish and Turkish.), Marianne et Allah Les politiques français face à la « question musulmane » (La Découverte, 2007) and Discriminer pour mieux régner. Enquête sur la diversité dans les partis politiques français (L’Atelier, 2008).
With Moncef Marzouki (current President of the Republic of Tunisia), Vincent Geisser has published a book that anticipated much of the Arab revolutions: Dictateurs en sursis. La revanche des peules arabes (L’Atelier, 2009).
His most recent book is Renaissance arabe. 7 questions sur des révolutions en marche (L’Atelier, 2011 with Michaël Béchir Ayari).