Author Bio

Abdelkader Berrahmoun, a native of Algeria, is Assistant Professor in Arabic Studies and French / Francophone Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Lecturer in Arabic at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a doctoral student in the International and Multicultural Education program at the University of San Francisco. Mr. Berrahmoun’s areas of expertise and research interests include conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, women’s activism in North Africa and the Arab world, peace and human rights education, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam.


In 2019, Algeria witnessed the emergence of the Hirak mass movement: a pro-democracy uprising marked by epic nationwide demonstrations and trans-formative public dialogue. Hundreds of thousands of Algerians mobilized to protest social injustices and political corruption, educate each other about their common rights, and articulate their collective goals. Through the Hirak’s shared platform, people from all walks of life took to the podium to galvanize the masses through ideas and action. The Algerian Hirak was a form of public pedagogy; a grassroots expression of human rights education. Why is the Hirak so important in the history of global social movements? In this Notes from the Field article, Mr. Berrahmoun offers his analysis as a native Algerian, historian, and activist researcher. He positions the compelling story of the Hirak in the broader Algerian historical context. Finally, the author reflects on the future of Algeria’s path to social justice and suggests potential steps toward transformative change.

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