Jean-Baptiste Gallopin is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Yale, where he works in the field of Comparative and Historical Sociology. His dissertation on the Tunisian Revolution examines how collective dynamics in moments of upheaval shape broader patterns of historical change.
His upcoming publication, “Dilemma and Cascades in the Armed Forces - The Tunisian Revolution” (Democracy & Security, October 2019), examines what drives armed forces disloyalty during mass uprisings. The article traces the possibility of a mutiny to the moment when reserve units face the prospect of using large-scale lethal violence against civilians. Once a mutiny begins, officers face a coordination problem, which implies that whether they rebel or stay loyal owes more to their expectations of the mutiny’s success than to their individual preferences or corporate interests. The argument has broad implications for how we explain revolutionary outcomes.
Jean-Baptiste worked as a human rights researcher on Sudan for Amnesty International and as a political analyst in North Africa for a consulting firm. In addition to a M.A. and a M.Phil. in Sociology from Yale, Jean-Baptiste holds a M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelors from Sciences Po Lyon. He is a native French speaker and proficient in Arabic and German.