Laura Ruiz de Elvira

Laura Ruiz de ElviraLaura Ruiz de Elvira is a post-doctoral researcher at the IREMAM (CNRS UMR 7310). She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the EHESS (Paris) and the UAM (Madrid) in 2013, under the supervision of Hamit Bozarslan and Bernabé Lopez Garcia. Based on extensive fieldwork carried out between 2007 and 2010, her dissertation, Associations de bienfaisance et ingénieries politiques dans la Syrie de Bachar al-Assad : Émergence d’une société civile autonome et retrait de l’Etat ? [Charities and political engineering in Bashar al-Asad’s Syria: the rise of an autonomous civil society and the retreat of the state?], on which she was awarded the Syrian Studies Association’s 2014 Dissertation Prize, analyzes the political engineering of Bashar al-Asad’s regime as well as the unraveling of the old social contract through the prism of charitable action.

Before joining WAFAW, she was a doctoral fellow in the Institut Français du Proche Orient (Ifpo) in Damascus (2007-2009) and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Philipps University of Marburg (2013-2015), where she taught two graduate seminars.

She is the author, together with Tina Zintl, of Civil Society and the State in Syria: The Outsourcing of Social Responsibility (Lynne Rienner, 2012). She has also written several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Revista Española de Ciencia Política, Maghreb-Machrek and A Contrario.

In the frame of the WAFAW project her research will focus on the recompositions of and the interactions between charitable/humanitarian activism, collective action, politics and religiosity in post-2011 Syria.

She is fluent in Syrian dialect, French and English and has been part of several international research projects.