• Benoit Challand

    Associate Professor of Sociology

    Office Location:

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center


    Benoit Challand is Associate Professor of Sociology at The New School for Social Research. He has previously taught at NYU and at the University of Bologna. Most recently, he was co-editor of The Struggle for Influence in the Middle East: The Arab Uprisings and Foreign Assistance and co-author, with Chiara Bottici, of Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory and Identity.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute, in Florence (2005)

    MA in Near East Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London (2000)

    MA in Contemporary History and Greek Philology, University of Fribourg (1999)

    Professional Affiliations:

    Middle Eastern Studies Associatiion (MESA)

    American Sociological Association

    Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva

    Recent Publications:

    2017:   The Struggle for Influence in the Middle East: The Arab Uprisings and Foreign Assistance, co-edited with Federica Bicchi, and Steven Heydemann, London: Routledge.

    2013:   Guest editor of a special issue of Constellations. An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory 20(1), “Social Theory and the Arab Uprisings”.

    2013:   Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory and Identity, co-authored with Chiara Bottici, New York: Cambridge University Press.

    2012:   Le développement, une affaire d’ONG ? Associations, Etats et bailleurs dans le monde arabe, co-edited with Caroline Abu-Sada, Paris: Karthala-IREMAM.

    2011:   The Politics of Imagination, edited with Chiara Bottici, London: Routledge.

    2010:   The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations, co-author Chiara Bottici, London: Routledge (paperback available since June 2012).

    2009:   Palestinian Civil Society: Foreign Donors and the Power to Promote and Exclude, London: Routledge.

    2000:   La Ligue Marxiste Révolutionnaire en Suisse Romande (1969-1980), Fribourg: Presses de l’ Université de Fribourg.

    Research Interests:

    Political sociology; Arab politics; civil society mobilization; foreign aid; Western European Marxism.

    Awards And Honors:

    Marie Curie Fellow, Intra-European Fellowship, 2006-2008

    Current Courses:

    Power & Domination: Mid East

    Independent Study

    Blind Spots of NYC

    Independent Study