Dr Sherrill Stroschein
I joined UCL in 2005 as Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics. I 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). I have also been a fellow at the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University (2000-2001). I received my PhD from Columbia University in 2000, and my primary supervisor was the late Dr Charles Tilly. I received my undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Amherst College.
My research examines the dynamics of ethnic or religious identity in politics, in democratic states as well as democratising states or hybrid regimes. I am currently especially interested in states where democratic structures are incrementally replaced with more authoritarian control or patronal rule. I have published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Party Politics, Nations and Nationalism, Europe-Asia Studies, and Ethnopolitics, as well as other journals.
I am finishing a book manuscript on the entrenchment of party control across a state. The book focuses on ethnic enclaves, as spaces of potential resistance or co-optation into these structures of control. I examine trajectories of city council elections in ethnic enclave cities, to trace shifting lines of party control over time – and their implications for central-local power interactions. The research focuses on Albanian enclave cites in North Macedonia and Hungarian enclave cities in Serbia, Romania, and Slovakia. Fieldwork for the project was supported by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF).
My first book Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe, received honourable mentions from 1) the International Studies Association, section on Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Studies, Distinguished Book Award, and 2) the Joseph Rothschild Book Prize, Association for the Study of Nationalities. The book examines how contention helped forge common rules and institutions during the democratic transition in the ethnically-mixed states of Romania, Slovakia, and (Western) Ukraine.
- Stroschein, S. (2014) Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Stroschein, S. (ed.) (2007) Governance in Ethnically Mixed Cities. London/New York: Routledge.
- Journal articles
- Stroschein, S. (2019) ‘Populism, Nationalism, and Party Politics’, Nationalities Papers, 47(6), pp. 923–935.
- Stroschein, S. (2016) ‘Ethnic Conflict: Looking Inside Groups’, Ethnopolitics, 16(1), pp. 74–81.
- Stroschein, S. (2014) ‘Consociational Settlements and Reconstruction: Bosnia in Comparative Perspective (1995–Present)’, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 656(1), pp. 97–115.
- Stroschein, S. (2013) ‘Discourse in Bosnia and Macedonia on the Independence of Kosovo: When and What is a Precedent?’, Europe-Asia Studies, 65(5), pp. 874–888.
- Stroschein, S. (2012) ‘Must the State Be a Vertical Network? Considering Kosovo’, Sudosteuropa, 60(4), pp. 514–525.
- Stroschein, S. (2011) ‘Microdynamics of Bilateral Ethnic Mobilization’, Ethnopolitics, 10(1), pp. 1–34.
- Stroschein, S. (2011) ‘Demography in Ethnic Party Fragmentation: Hungarian Local Voting in Romania’, Party Politics, 17(2), pp. 189–204.
- Stroschein, S. (2008) ‘Making or Breaking Kosovo: Applications of Dispersed State Control’, Perspectives on Politics, 6(4), pp. 655–674.
- Deets, S. and Stroschein, S. (2005) ‘Dilemmas of Autonomy and Liberal Pluralism: Examples Involving Hungarians in Central Europe’, Nations and Nationalism, 11(2), pp. 285–305.
- Stroschein, S. (2005) ‘Examining Ethnic Violence and Partition in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Ethnopolitics, 4(1), pp. 49–64.
- Stroschein, S. (2003) ‘What Belgium Can Teach Bosnia: The Uses of Autonomy in ‘Divided House’ States’, Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 3.
- Stroschein, S. (2002) ‘NGO Strategies for Hungarian and Roma Minorities in Central Europe’, Voluntas, 13(1), pp. 1–26.
- Stroschein, S. (2001) ‘Measuring Ethnic Party Success in Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine’, Problems of Post-Communism, 48(4), pp. 59–69.
- Juviler, P. and Stroschein, S. (1999) ‘Missing Boundaries of Comparison: The Political Community’, Political Science Quarterly, 114(3), pp. 435–453.
- Book chapters
- Stroschein, S. (2017) ‘Understanding Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe’, in A. Fagan and P. Kopecky (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of East European Politics. London: Routledge, pp. 213–24.
- Stroschein, S. (2015) ‘Reconfiguring State-Minority Negotiations or Better Outcomes’, in T. Malloy, A. Osipov and B. Vizi (eds.) Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy: Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies, and Risks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 19–30.
- Stroschein, S. (2014) ‘Institutional Change and Identity Shift: The Case of Scotland’, in J. Tripathy and S. Padmanabahn (eds.) Becoming Minority: How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India. London/New Delhi: Sage, pp. 111–129.
- Stroschein, S. (2014) ‘The Autonomous Structures of Native American Reservations’, in L. Salat, S. Constantin, A. Osipov and I. G. 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 and the European Academy of Bolzano, pp. 187–199.
- Stroschein, S. (2013) ‘Organic versus Strategic Approaches to Peacebuilding’, in R. Mac Ginty (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding. London: Routledge, pp. 276–286.
- Stroschein, S. (2006) ‘Territory and the Hungarian Status Law: Time for New Assumptions?’, in O. Ieda (ed.) Beyond Sovereignty: From Status Law to Transnational Citizenship?. Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Legal Studies, and Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University.
- Other articles
- Stroschein, S. (2018) ‘How Can We Talk Politics across the Post-2016 Divide?’, in R. Kiddey (ed.) Independent Social Research Foundation Bulletin 17, pp. 23–26.
- Stroschein, S. (2018) ‘USS Strike: Social Media has Collapsed the Case for Pension Cuts’, Times Higher Education.
- Stroschein, S. (2017) ‘Beyond Technique to Accuracy and Agency’, in R. Kiddey (ed.) Independent Social Research Foundation Bulletin 12, pp. 13–18.
- Stroschein, S. (2017) ‘Tempo, Protest, and Emergency Ethnography in the Trump Moment’, Duck of Minerva.
- Stroschein, S. (2016) ‘The Higher Education and Research Bill, 2016 – Key Points’, 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’ which I teach with Phillip Ayoub, and ‘Democratic Political Institutions’. I also designed the course on ‘Governing Divided Societies’, which I teach with Dr Sarah Correia.
I am especially interested in supervising PhD students working on topics of ethnic party politics, local politics, and potentially projects on populism, hybrid regimes, or democratic backsliding.