Meet Gerasimos Tsourapas, 2019 First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Gerasimos Tsourapas is an Associate Professor in Middle East Politics at the School of Government, University of Birmingham. During 2019-20, he is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. His research focuses on the politics of migrants, refugees, and diasporas in the broader Middle East, with a specific focus on questions of migration diplomacy and the interplay between authoritarian regime durability and cross-border population mobility. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, International Migration Review, and other leading academic journals. His doctoral dissertation, which was awarded the 2017 Best Dissertation Prize by the APSA Migration & Citizenship Section, has been recently published by Cambridge University Press. With the assistance of the APSA First Generation Scholar Travel Reimbursement Grant, Gerasimos was able to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting and present research on postcolonial migration regimes, as well as on the politics of transnational authoritarianism.

About the APSA First Generation Scholar in the Profession Travel Reimbursement Grant
In 2015, the APSA Executive Council approved a new standing Committee on First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession, parallel to the existing APSA status committees.  The goal is to bring focused attention to the ways in which class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally, perhaps throughout their careers. The APSA Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars matched contributions that were made to the APSA Annual Fund during one week in September 2019 to support the professional development support of first gen scholars in the profession.  Learn more.