Dr. Hugh Roberts is Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History in the Department of History at Tufts University (MA). From 2002 to 2007 he was the Director of the North Africa Project for the International Crisis Group. From 1997 to 2002 he was a Senior Research Fellow of the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Between 1976 and 1997 he lectured in the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and the Department of History at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London.
Educated in London, Oxford and Aix-en-Provence, he received his D.Phil. from Oxford University for a thesis on the Kabyle question in Algeria in 1980. He has continued to work on Algeria, visiting the country repeatedly over the last fifteen years, and has published many articles on Algerian politics. He has also worked and published articles and papers on the cooperative movement in Jordan, the Western Sahara question, the Northern Ireland question, the history of Islamism in North Africa and the political anthropology of Berber society in the Maghrib. As Crisis Group’s North Africa director, he was responsible for the production of a series of reports on ‘Islamism in North Africa’, on the problems of political reform in Egypt, Algeria and Mauritania and on the Western Sahara question. He also played the leading role in initiating Crisis Group’s series of reports on Islam and Islamism in Europe.
His book, The Battlefield: Algeria 1988-2002. Studies in a broken polity, was published by Verso in March 2003. He is currently working to complete two more books, on the Berbers of Algeria and on Islamism and violence.