Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur l'Afrique et le Moyen-Orient


Valéria Resta

Professeur sous octroi

Cours d’Islam, Politique et Moyen Orient (BA)
Département des sciences sociales et politiques

Université Bocconi



  • Resta, V. (forthcoming). Tunisia and Egypt after the Arab Spring: Party Politics in Transitions from Authoritarian Rule. London: Routledge.
  • Cavatorta, F. and Resta, V. (eds.) (forthcoming). Routledge Handbook on Elections in the Middle East and North Africa. London: Routledge.
  • Cavatorta F., Storm L. and Resta, V. (eds) (2021). Routledge Handbook on Political Parties in the Middle East and North Africa. London: Routledge.


  • Resta, V., Cavatorta F. (submitted). Salafism: which foreign policy agenda?
  • Kraetzschmar H., Resta V (submitted). “Political Parties in the Arab Middle East”. In Carter N., Keith D. and G. Sindre (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Political Parties.
  • Resta, V. (submitted). The ‘Myth of Moderation’ Following the Arab Uprisings: A Quantitative Text Analysis of Party Manifestos in Tunisia and Egypt’s Founding Elections.
  • Resta V., Daadaoui M. (in preparation). Between the Scepter and the Rifle: Multiparty Coalition Governments Under Authoritarian Tutelage in Morocco and Algeria”.


  • Resta, V. and Cavatorta F. (forthcoming) “Political Parties in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia”. In G. Joffe (ed.). Routledge Handbook on North Africa. London: Routledge.
  •  Resta, V. (2021). ‘The Terminal’: Political Parties and Identity Issues in the Arab World. In Cavatorta F., Storm L. and Resta V. (eds). Political Parties in the Middle East and North Africa. London: Routledge.
  • Cavatorta, F. and Resta, V. (2020). Beyond quietism: party institutionalization, Salafism and the economy. Politics and Religion. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755048320000292
  • Resta, V. (2019). The effect of electoral autocracy in Egypt’s failed transition: a party politics perspective. Italian Political Science Review. https://doi.org/10.1017/ipo.2019.6
  • Resta, V. (2018). Leftist Parties in the Arab Region Before and After the Arab Spring: Unrequited Love? Political Parties in the Arabic World: Continuity and Change, eds. Cavatorta Francesco, Storm Lise, Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-1474424073
  • Resta, V. (2018). Religion in the Public Sphere: New Perspectives for Muslim-Majority Countries. Centro Einaudi – Laboratorio di Politica Comparata e Filosofia Pubblica, ISBN 978-88-94960-00-6
  • Resta, V (2018). Political change in the Middle East and North Africa: After the Arab Spring. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13530194.2018.1446272



  • Resta, V. (2018). Exploring the implications of authoritarian learning in transitional settings. Paper to be presented at the Arab and African Politics conference, Laval, QC.
  • Resta, V. (2017). The Role of Political Parties in the Egyptian Failed Transition: “A Structured Agency problem”, Italian Political Science Association annual conference, Urbino, IT.
  • Resta, V. (2016). Is it a question of religion? Is it a real cleavage? Political Intermediation and voting behavior in 2011 elections in Tunisia and Egypt. International Political Science Association annual conference, Poznań, PL.
  • Resta, V. (2015). Political Parties within Democratic Transitions: Setting the Ground for a New Research Agenda. Italian Political Science Association annual conference, Arcavacata di Rende, IT.
  • Resta, V. (2013). “Democracy is the Only Way Ahead”: Relations between Islamists and Secularists and How to Enlarge the Common Ground between Them. Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy annual conference, Tunisi, TN.


  • Resta, V., Negri F. (2016). The role of intermediate institutions in regime changes, democratization processes and in fostering the quality of democracy. In memory of Giulio Regeni. Italian Political Science Association annual conference, Milan, IT.
  • University of Milan, Ph.D
  • Summer School on Quantitative Text Analysis, University of Essex, UK
  • LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, M.A.
  • Summer School on Research Strategies in Policies Studies, University of Milan, IT
  • Intensive course of Arabic, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Sousse, TN
  • LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, B.A.
Autres activités professionnelles
  • June – July 2011 Intern
    European Association of International Studies (AESI)
    Rome, IT
    Research activities in European politics and its international relations
  • 2013 – 2019 Researcher
    Berlin, DE
    Analyst for Tunisian Politics
  • 2015 – 2016 Contributor
    Italian Institute for the Study of International Politics (ISPI)
    Milan, IT
    Contributor for Tunisian Politics
  • January – September 2015 Research Assistant
    INAPP and Centro di Documentazione Luigi Einaudi
    Rome and Turin, IT
    Project “La Ricerca Strategica Al Servizio Delle Politiche Economiche E Sociali: Il ruolo dell’Inapp alla luce delle esperienze europee”
Subventions et bourses d'études
  • 2021 Shortlisted for a one-year fellowship
    Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
  • 2017 Honors Distinction
    Awarded for Dissertation entitled: “Political Parties as Combiners. Transitions in Tunisia and Egypt between Democratization and Authoritarian Resilience”
  • 2012 Special Academic Mention
    Awarded for Dissertation entitled: “Which Transition for Tunisia? Perspectives of democratization 2011-2012”
  • 2012 Field Research Grant
    Awarded by the LUISS Guido Carli University to conduct field research in Tunisia for the final dissertation