Dr Sherrill Stroschein
Dr. Sherrill Stroschein joined UCL in September 2005 as Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics. She was previously an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (2003-2005) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Ohio University (2001-2005). She has also been a fellow at the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University (2000-2001). She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University (2000), and her primary supervisor was the late Dr. Charles Tilly. She received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Amherst College.
Dr. Stroschein's research examines the politics of ethnicity in democratic and democratising states, especially democratic processes in states with mixed ethnic or religious populations. She has published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Party Politics, Nations and Nationalism, Europe-Asia Studies, and Ethnopolitics, as well as other journals.
Her book Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe (Cambridge 2012, paperback 2014), received honourable mention from two book awards (details below). The book examines how contention helped forge common rules and institutions during the democratic transition in these ethnically-mixed states. Her current book project, funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF), focuses on local city councils and party politics in ethnic enclaves, and its implications for centre-local governance relations.
- Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe (New York: Cambridge University Press, July 2012, paperback 2014).
- Recipient of 1) honourable mention for the International Studies Association’s (ISA) section on Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Studies, Distinguished Book Award, 2014, and 2) honourable mention for the 2013 Joseph Rothschild Book Prize, Association of the Study of Nationalities (ASN).
- Symposium on the book, with commentary by Mark Beissinger, Zsuzsa Csergo, Elise Giuliano, Myra Waterbury, and my author response, Nationalities Papers 43, no. 4, 2015.
- Governance in Ethnically Mixed Cities. Editor and author of introduction, “Politics is Local: Ethnoreligious Dynamics under the Microscope,” (London / New York: Routledge, 2007, paperback 2016). Previously a special issue of Ethnopolitics 6, no. 2, 2007.
Journal Special Issue
- “Everyday Post-Socialism.” Journal of International Relations and Development, Vol 12, no. 4, November 2009. Coordinated with Antje Vetterlein and Stephen Deets. A non-triumphalist retrospective on the 1989 revolutions, featuring pieces from East European scholars, writers, and artists.
Selected Journal Articles
- “Populism, Nationalism, and Party Politics,” Nationalities Papers 47, no. 6, November 2019, pp. 923-35.
- “Ethnic Conflict: Looking Inside Groups,” Ethnopolitics 16, no. 1, November 2016, pp. 74-81.
- “Consociational Settlements and Reconstruction: Bosnia in Comparative Perspective (1995-Present),” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 656, no. 1, November 2014, pp. 97-115.
- “Discourse in Bosnia and Macedonia on the Independence of Kosovo: When and What is a Precedent?” Europe-Asia Studies 65, no. 5, July 2013, pp. 874-88.
- “Must the State Be a Vertical Network? Considering Kosovo,” Sudosteuropa 60, no. 4, 2012, pp. 514-25.
- “Microdynamics of Bilateral Ethnic Mobilization,” Ethnopolitics 10, no. 1, March 2011, pp. 1-34.
- “Demography in Ethnic Party Fragmentation: Hungarian Local Voting in Romania,” Party Politics 17, no. 2, March 2011, pp. 189-204.
- “Making or Breaking Kosovo: Applications of Dispersed State Control.” Perspectives on Politics 6, no. 4, December 2008, pp. 655-74.
- “Dilemmas of Autonomy and Liberal Pluralism: Examples Involving Hungarians in Central Europe,” with Stephen Deets, Nations and Nationalism 11, no. 2, April 2005, pp. 285-305.
- “Examining Ethnic Violence and Partition in Bosnia-Herzegovina,” Ethnopolitics 4, no. 1, March 2005, pp. 49-64.
- “What Belgium Can Teach Bosnia: The Uses of Autonomy in ‘Divided House’ States,” Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE), issue 3, 2003.
- “NGO Strategies for Hungarian and Roma Minorities in Central Europe,” Voluntas 13, no. 1, March 2002, pp. 1-26.
- “Measuring Ethnic Party Success in Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine,” Problems of Post-Communism 48, no. 4, July/August 2001, pp. 59-69.
- “Missing Boundaries of Comparison: The Political Community,” with Peter Juviler, Political Science Quarterly 114, no. 3, Fall 1999, pp. 435-53.
Selected Book Chapters
- “Understanding Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe,” Chapter 15 in the Routledge Handbook of East European Politics, Adam Fagan and Petr Kopecky, eds. (Routledge, 2017), pp. 213-24.
- “Reconfiguring State-Minority Negotiations or Better Outcomes,” in Tove Malloy, Alexander Osipov, and Balazs Vizi, eds., Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy: Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies, and Risks (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 19-30. Originated as a project with the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg, Germany.
- “Institutional Change and Identity Shift: The Case of Scotland,” in Jyotirmaya Tripathy and Sudarsan Padmanabahn, eds., Becoming Minority: How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India (London/New Delhi: Sage, 2014), pp. 111-29.
- “The Autonomous Structures of Native American Reservations,” in Levente Salat, Sergiu Constantin, Alexander Osipov, and István Gergő Székely, eds., Autonomy Arrangements around the World: A Collection of Well and Lesser Known Cases (Cluj-Napoca and Bolzano: Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, ISPMN, and the European Academy of Bolzano, EURAC: 2014), pp. 187-99. Originated as a project with the European Centre or Minority Issues (ECMI).
- “Organic versus Strategic Approaches to Peacebuilding,” in Roger Mac Ginty, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding (London: Routledge, January 2013), pp. 276-86.
- “Territory and the Hungarian Status Law: Time for New Assumptions?,” in Osamu Ieda, ed., Beyond Sovereignty: From Status Law to Transnational Citizenship? (Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Legal Studies, and the Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 2006).
Other Selected Articles and Blog Posts
- “How Can We Talk Politics across the Post-2016 Divide?” Independent Social Research Foundation Bulletin 17, Rachel Kiddey, ed., September 2018, pp. 23-26.
- “USS Strike: Social Media Has Collapsed the Case for Pension Cuts,” Times Higher Education, 12 March 2018.
- “Beyond Technique to Accuracy and Agency,” in “Quantitative / Qualitative: Challenging the Binary,” Independent Social Research Foundation Bulletin 12, Rachel Kiddey, ed., March 2017, pp. 13-18.
- “Tempo, Protest, and Emergency Ethnography in the Trump Moment,” Duck of Minerva, January 2017.
- “The Higher Education and Research Bill, 2016 – Key Points,” June 2016, The Convention on Higher Education.
I designed and usually teach the two core modules for the MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics, Democracy and Constitutional Design and Democratic Political Institutions. I also designed the course on Governing Divided Societies, which I usually teach with Dr. Melanie Garson.
I am especially interested in supervising PhD students working on topics of ethnic party politics and local politics, and potentially projects on populism or relational approaches to politics.