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Professor Ben Fredj obtained his baccalaureat in 1980 from Bardo High School. He is currently professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tunis where he received his PhD in Sociology in 1993. His thesis entitled ‘Family and Social Change in Tunisia’ was on the Tunisian family. Ben Fredj works with national and international institutions as an expert on family, youth and violence. He is also author of several publications. In 2014 he was invited by the Department of Sociology and the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Michigan (USA) as a Visiting Professor to give a series of lectures for doctoral school students. He was a member of the CODESRIA Executive Committee for a first term (2015–18).