Institute for Social Science Research on Algeria


Jonathan Wyrtzen

Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University

Jonathan Wyrtzen is an Associate Professor of Sociology, History and International Affairs at Yale University. His teaching and research engages with a set of related thematic areas that include empire and colonialism, state formation and non-state forms of political organization, ethnicity and nationalism, and religion and socio-political action.

Particularly, his work focuses on society and politics in North Africa and the Middle East, with regards to interactions catalysed by the expansion of European empires into this region.

Empire and colonialism
State formation
Non-state forms of political organization
Ethnicity and nationalism
Society and politics in North Africa and the Middle East
Wyrtzen, Jonathan (2015). Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity (Cornell University Press)
Wyrtzen, J. 2017. “Colonial War and the Production of Territorialized State Space in North Africa,” Political Power and Social Theory, 33:151-173.
Wyrtzen, J. 2017. “Colonial Legitimization-Legibility Linkages and the Politics of Identity in Algeria and Morocco,” European Journal of Sociology, 58(2):205-235.
Wyrtzen, Jonathan (2013). “Performing the Nation in Anti-Colonial Protest in Interwar Morocco,” Nations and Nationalism. 19: 615-34.
Guhin, Jeffrey, and Jonathan Wyrtzen (2013). “The Violences of Knowledge: Edward Said, Sociology, and Post-Orientalist Reflexivity.” Political Power and Social Theory 24:231-262.