Michelle D. Weitzel

Postdoctoral Fellow


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Michelle Weitzel is the Sinergia Postdoctoral Fellow in the Urban Studies program at the University of Basel. She received her PhD in Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York, where she trained in comparative politics and international relations, specializing in the political systems of the Middle East and North Africa. Her research brings topics in conflict, security, political violence, and governance into conversation with the sensory and material world. Her papers have been accorded the Wilson Award (2018) and the Hayward R. Alker Award (2017) at the American Political Science Association.

Weitzel’s book project, Drones, Sirens, and Prayer Calls: The Unheard Consequences of a Politics of Sound, theorizes sound’s power in the political sphere via empirical, inductive case studies based in Algeria, France, Palestine, Israel, and Morocco. The book traces ways that States regulate public space and sensory bodies to effect control and demonstrates how ambient sound constitutes a mechanism of political power.

She received an ALM in Government from Harvard University, and a BS in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University. Her research has been supported by the American Institute of Maghrib Studies, the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius the Palestinian American Research Center, and the Graduate Institute for Design, Research and Ethnography.