Jordi Tejel


Jordi Tejel
Research Associate

Contact: Email: jordi.tejel (at)
Phone: + 41 22 908 62 19

Dr. Tejel has been a Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London, 2006-2007) and at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (Paris, 2007-2008). He was Lecturer at the University of Fribourg (2005-2006), the University of Neuchâtel (2008-2009) and again in Fribourg (2009). He was a “professeur boursier” at the Swiss National Science Foundation affiliated to the International History and Politics unit of the Graduate Institute where he leads a research project on “minority” conflicts in the Middle East (1948-2003). He is currently an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Neuchâtel.

His main research interests include modern history, state/society relations, and state-building in the Middle East. His most recent books include Irak, chronique d’un chaos annoncé (Lavauzelle, 2006), Le mouvement kurde de Turquie en exil. Continuités et discontinuités du nationalisme kurde sous le mandat français en Syrie et au Liban (1925-1946) (Peter Lang, 2007), Syria’s Kurds. History, Politics and Society (Routledge, 2009), and Writing the History of Iraq: Historiographical and Political Challenges (edited with Peter Sluglett, Riccardo Bocco, and Hamit Bozarslan, World Scientific Press, 2012).

Field(s)of Interest:
  • History of the contemporary Middle East
  • Colonialism in the interwar era
  • Nationalism, minority conflicts, and political arrangements as a tool for conflict resolution in plural societies
  • Social mobilization, in particular student movements in the Middle East
  • State-building and trans-border relations
  • Bordering processes and "frontier effects"
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