Department of Political Science


Dr Sherrill Stroschein

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Reader in Politics 
Room: 2.10, 29/30 Tavistock Sq.
Email: s.stroschein@ucl.ac.uk

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.

She a Vice President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, and Associate Editor of the journal Problems of Post-Communism.



  • 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.   

Edited Book

  • 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

Selected Book Chapters

Other Selected Articles and Blog Posts


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.