Hugo Micheron earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris in 2019. In September 2020 Dr. Micheron joined Princeton University as a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute for Transregional Studies. Here he will be pursuing research on the socio-political and socio-religious changes in the Levant and Iraq after the demise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and their implications for the Euro-Mediterranean region. Dr. Micheron’s Ph.D. dissertation, titled “The Lands of Jihad: neighborhoods, prisons, and the Levant. A Political Sociology of West European Jihadism (1989–2019),” is the result of in-depth sociological surveys in French and Belgian neighborhoods affected by jihadist recruitment. For this research, he also conducted 80 interviews with convicted “returnees” from ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria) who are incarcerated in French prisons. He engaged in discussions with jihadist leaders and foot soldiers both through one-on-one and collective interviews. The fieldwork in Europe was complemented by interviews in Iraq, north Lebanon and Turkey with local jihadists and their families as well as with Kurdish fighters and Syrian dissidents. Dr. Micheron’s doctoral research constitutes the largest qualitative and quantitative social science study on French-speaking jihadism. A revised version of the dissertation was published by Gallimard press in 2020 under the title Le jihadisme français, and an English translation and publication is presently underway. More recently, Dr. Micheron did research on a soon-to-be-published project titled “The Evolution of Online Discourses of French-speaking Islamist Communities after the fall of ISIS.” This is a quantitative study, based on historical data feeds and API from Twitter and Facebook, that explores the discursive evolution and mutual interactions between distinct online Islamist communities (jihadist, Salafist and the Muslim Brotherhood). Dr. Micheron has taught at Sciences Po and the ENS and will be teaching a course at Princeton on jihadism.
Le jihadisme français: quartiers, Syrie, prisons. Préface de Gilles Kepel; cartes inédites de Fabrice Balanche. [Paris]: Gallimard, c. 2020.