Monica Marks is a DPhil candidate at St Antony’s College, Oxford University. Ms. Marks’s doctoral research is an internal political ethnography of Ennahda, Tunisia’s largest Islamist party. Her research examines points of unity and of tension within the party, comparing perspectives of national, mid-level, and local leadership with rank-and-file members of the party’s base, both inside and outside the capital, Tunis. The research has especially interesting implications for issues of transitional justice, institutional reform, and questions of ideology vs. politics in times of tense transition.
Her broader analytical work, which focuses mainly on Islamism, youth politics, and security reform in Tunisia, has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and the Huffington Post, as well as in peer-reviewed books and academic journals. She is a regular contributor to think tanks, including the Carnegie Endowment and the Brookings Institute, which published her most recent report, “Convince, Coerce, or Compromise? Ennahda’s Approach to Tunisia’s Constitution” in February, 2014. As lead researcher for the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), a Barcelona-based think tank, Ms. Marks drafted “Inside the Transition Bubble,” an exhaustive mapping analysis that assessed international assistance provision to four key sectors of Tunisia’s transition. A former Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, Marks returned there to teach at Istanbul’s Bogazici University in summer 2013 and summer 2014. Since 2012, she has been based primarily in Tunisia, where she has also worked as a freelance journalist for the New York Times.