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Samia Errazzouki


  • MA, Arab Studies, Georgetown University (2015)
  • BA, Global Affairs and French, George Mason University (2012)


Samia Errazzouki is a PhD candidate examining early modern Northwest African history. Prior to UC Davis, she worked as a journalist based in Morocco reporting for the Associated Press, and later with Reuters. Samia also worked as a research associate in Morocco with the University of Cambridge, researching the dynamics of surveillance and citizen media in light of the "Arab Spring." She is currently a co-editor with JadaliyyaHer work and commentary has appeared in various platforms including the Washington Post, BBC, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, the Carnegie Endowment's Sada Journal, and the Middle East Institute, among others. On Twitter: @S_Errazzouki.

Research Focus

Moroccan history, Early modern history, Atlantic history, West African history, North African history, Race, Slavery, Racial Capitalism, sugar

Selected Publications

"Between the ‘yellow-skinned enemy’ and the ‘black-skinned slave’: early modern genealogies of race and slavery in Sa`dian Morocco," The Journal of North African Studies, May 2021

Ten years after Morocco’s Mudawwana: The rhetoric and reality of women’s rights,” Mediterranean Politics 23 no.4 (June 2017): 539-545.

Under watchful eyes: Internet surveillance and citizen media in Morocco, the case of Mamfakinch,” The Journal of North African Studies 22 no.3 (May 2017): 461-385.

Working class women revolt: gendered political economy in Morocco,” The Journal of North African Studies 19 no. 2 (March 2014): 259-267.

"A young woman embodied Morocco’s future. Instead she was shot while trying to emigrate," Washington Post, October 2, 2018.

"The hollow war drums of the Western Sahara conflict," The Middle East Institute, April 10, 2018.

The Political Inconvenience of Morocco’s Currency Reforms,” The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, September 27, 2017.

"Marrakech's historic booksellers once again face eviction," Reuters, June 6, 2017.

What the domestic-violence makeup show tells us about women's rights in Morocco,” The Guardian, November 29, 2016.

"Moroccan vault protects seeds from climate change and war," The Associated Press, November 16, 2016. 


The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), Short-Term Research Grant, 2019-2020

West African Research Association (WARA), Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2019

Suad Joseph Graduate Student Research Award for Middle East/South Asia Studies, 2019

Mellon Research Initiative in Racial Capitalism, Summer Fellowship, 2018

Provost’s Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2017-2018