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José Ciro Martínez

José Ciro Martínez

PhD student


José Ciro Martínez is a PhD student in the Department of Politics and International Studies.

Research Interests

José’s research interests include: food politics, welfare regimes, political economies of development, and agrarian/food sovereignty movements.

His current research examines bread subsidies in Morocco and Jordan. His dissertation examines the interaction between market-disciplinary economic reforms, state subsidy policy and the politics of bread in both countries. The project has included periods of ethnographic fieldwork, during which José has worked in and observed three different bakeries in both Amman and Casablanca.

Key Publications

 “Struggling to Perform the State: The Politics of Bread in the Syrian Civil War,” International Political Sociology, Forthcoming (June 2017) (Co-Written with Brent Eng).

 “Leavening Neoliberalization’s Uneven Pathways: Bread, Governance and Political Rationalities in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” Mediterranean Politics, Forthcoming. 

“Jordan’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Production of Feeble Political Parties and the Perceived Perils of Democracy,British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Forthcoming.

“The Unintended Consequences of Emergency Food Aid: Neutrality, Sovereignty and Politics in the Syrian Civil War, 2012-2015,” International Affairs 92:1 (2016): 153-173. (Co-Written with Brent Eng).