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Gwendolyn Sasse

Gwendolyn Sasse

(MSc PhD (LSE))

Professor in Comparative Politics, Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, Harassment Officer
Comparative Politics and Government
(01865) 288689
Nuffield College
Currently on secondment to the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin.

Research Interests

Post-Communist Transitions, Comparative Democratisation; Ethnic Conflicts; Minority Rights; EU Eastward Enlargement; EU Conditionality; Migration in Europe, Diaspora Politics; Contemporary Art and Politics

Current research: 1. Analysis of original survey data of Ukrainian and Polish migrants; 2. Focus groups and interviews with Polish migrants in the UK and relatives/friends in Poland; 3. Analysis of about 1,000 letters sent by German migrants from the US in the late 19th/early 20th century; 4. Construction of database on diaspora members among political elites in Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2013; 5. Analysis of Fulbright Commission data on studentships in the West for East Europeans 

Research Grants:

Leverhulme Trust, Large Grant: Political Remittances: Understanding the Political Impact of Migrants (£200,000; 2013-2016)

ESRC Knowledge Transfer Award for a Workshop on Linkage and Leverage: The External Actors in Post-Soviet Conflicts (Workshop held on 11 May 2012)

John Fell Fund OUP Research Fund, Small Awards Scheme: Drawing Inferences from Migrant Voters to Migrants (2011-2013)

John Fell Fund OUP Research Fund, Small Awards Scheme: Engaging with the Homeland: A Survey of Ukrainian Migrants (2010-2011)

British Academy Small Research Grant: Understanding Political Voices from Abroad: Polish Migrants in the UK (2010-12)

John Fell Fund OUPResearch Fund, Small Awards Scheme: Migration and the Politics of Time: What isTemporary Migration? What are its Implications (2009-2010); see http://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/news/story.asp?n=407

Partner in EU Framework Six Project (Specific Targeted Project): Human and Minority Rights in the Life Cycle of Ethnic Conflicts in the Western Balkans (2006-08; see http://www.eurac.edu/Org/Minorities/MIRICO/index.htm)

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship: Minorities in the NewEurope (2003-05)

LSE STICERD Grant (2003-04)

One of three principal researchers on the ESRC project Elites and Regional and Local Governance in Eastern Europe, ESRC Programme One Europe or Several? (1999-2003; see www.regard.ac.uk for details regarding output).


Oxford University Teaching Excellence Award (Category Outstanding teaching and commitment to teaching), 2009

Alexander Nove Prize (Annual Book Prize awarded by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, BASEES) for The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict, HUP 2007), awarded at the BASEES Annual Conference in Cambridge, 29 March 2009.

Robert McKenzie Prize for the best PhD dissertation, London School of Economics, 1999

Visiting Fellowships/Professorships:

Visiting Professorship, Sciences-Po, Paris (April/May 2010)

Visiting Fellowship, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute (September-December 2009)

Jean Monnet Fellowship, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Insitute (2003-04)

Visiting Fellowship, Free University Berlin, Institute for East European Studies (2002-03)

Consultancy, International Organisations, Think-Tanks etc.:


Non-resident Associate at Carnegie Europe (since 2014); see http://carnegieeurope.eu/experts/?fa=993 

Member of the Advisory Council of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) (since 2010)


Member of the Sub-Board of the Open Society Institutes Think-Tank Fund (2008-2012)

Deputy Editor of the UNDP Newsletter Develpment and Transition; http://www.developmentandtransition.net/ (2005-2011)

Region Head (Eastern Europe), Oxford Analytica (2007-2011)

Enterprise LSE, Regular Contributor to Eastern Europe Today (Emerging Markets Analysis) (1997-2009)

International Scholar, Academic Fellowship Program, Open Society Institute (incl. attachment to two Political Science/IR departments in Bulgaria, advice on curriculum development, professional development of young academics etc.) (2006-09)

Economist Intelligence Unit, Regular Contributor to the Quarterly Reports and Country Forecasts on Ukraine (2000-06)

Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), Researcher on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (1995-97)

Membership of Editorial Boards:

Journal of European Public Policy

East European Politics (formerly Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics)

Engagement in the Arts:

Co-chair of the Nuffield College Art Committee; incl. acquisitions, curating display and events; for more information see http://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/About/Art/Pages/Home.aspx

Curator of the show 'Mark Neville: Art as Social Document' in the LSE Atrium Gallery Space, Houghton Street, London, 1 December 2014 - 23 January 2015; incl. Public Event 'Picturing Race and Inequality' on 13 January featuring the artist Mark Neville, Tim Newburn and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown; for further information see http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSESocial/artsAndMusic/artProjectsAndExhibitions/Art%20as%20Social%20Document.aspx

Co-curator of the show Conflicted Memory (with Helen Waters) at the Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 Cork Street, London, 27 April - 1 June 2013. For more details on the show see http://www.alancristea.com/exhibition-112-Conflicted-Memory ; for information on a related panel discussion on Conflicted Societies, Memory and the Visual Arts at the London School of Economics on 29 April 2013 see http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2013/04/20130429t1800vHKT.aspx

Modern Art Oxford: Public tour of Roman Ondak exhibition, 9 April 2011; Organiser and Moderator of Revolutionary Moments. Film Screening and a Conversation about the Ukrainian artist collectives R.E.P. and SOKA with Jerzy Onuch, Director of the Polish Cultural Institute, New York, and Dr. Olga Onuch, University of Toronto on 17 June 2011

TATE: Volunteer Guide at Tate Modern and Tate Britain since 2005

London School of Economics: Whats What. An Evening with Bernard Shaw, 25 & 26 April 2007. This multi-media promenade performance bringing to life Shaws wit, life and links to the LSE was a collaboration with the artist Heather Barnett. I staged excerpts from plays and other texts by Shaw, involving professional actors as well as LSE students and staff; Heather filmed one of the monologues and curated an exhibition about Shaw as a photographer, drawing on previously unseen images from the LSE archives. The event was part of the series ReCollect - a creative exploration of LSE. I subsequently took the performance at the heart of the evening, the staging of an exchange of letters between Shaw and the Webbs, to Bernard Shaws house, now a National Trust property, and to Conway Hall, London.


Human rights Community Democracy and Democratisation Refugees and migration Rights and justice Violence security and conflict


DPIR: MPhils: The Politics of Transition in Central and Eastern Europe (course provider); Politics Research Colloquium (convenor); Research Design in Comparative Political Science; Advanced Qualitative Methods; Undergraduates: Comparative Government (lecturer)

SIAS: MPhil option 'The Politics of Transiiton' (course provider); Politics, IR & Economics Core Course & Methods Course on the MPhil/MSc Russian and East European Studies

Doctoral supervision:


David Cashaback: Accommodating Multinationalism in Russia and Canada: A Comparative Study of Federal Design and Language in Tatarstan and Quebec (London School of Economics, Department of Government).

Cristina Parau: The Interplay between Domestic Politics and Europe: How Romanian Civil Society and Government Contested Europe Before EU Accession (London School of Economics, Department of Government)

Emelyne Cheney: The Impact of European Integration on Minority Nationalist Mobilisation in France (London School of Economics, European Institute)

Matthias Mayer: Governmental Preferences on Liberalising Economic Migration Policies at the EU Level: Germanys Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy, and Labour Market (London School of Economics, European Institute)

Olga Onuch: Revolutionary Moments, Revolutionary Movements: Comparing the Mechanisms behind Mass-Mobilisation in Argentina (2001-02) and in Ukraine (2004) (University of Oxford, Department of Politics and IR)

Danielle Granville: Diaspora Activism and the Politics of Genocide Recognition: The Holodomor Recognition Campaign and the Ukrainian Diaspora in North America and the UK (University of Oxford, DPIR)

Nadiya Kravets: Domestic Sources of Ukraines Foreign Policy: Examinng Key Cases of Policy Towards Russia, 1991-2009 (University of Oxford, DPIR)

Michael Simecka: Exporting Post-Communist Experience: Intra-Regional Diffusion and Learning in Eastern Europe, 2003-2011 (University of Oxford, DPIR)

Kristina Mikulova: Missionary Zeal of Recent Converts: Norms and Norm Entrepreneurs in the Foreign Policy of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, 1989-2011 (University of Oxford, DPIR)


Chantelle Kimm: International Conditionality in the the Western Balkans: Vertical and Horizontal Power Flows (provisional title) (University of Oxford, DPIR)

Felix Krawatzek: Youth and Crisis: The Nexus between Discourse and Political Mobilisation (University of Oxford, DPIR)

Rebecca Fradkin: Nation-Building and the Co-optation and Regulation of Islam in a Nation-State and Multi-Nation State: Kazakhstan and Russia (University of Oxford, DPIR)

Administrative Duties:

Director of Graduate Studies (incl. admissions), REES/SIAS (2010-12; 2013-)

Exam Board Chair, REES/SIAS (2014-15)

Harrassment Officer, DPIR (2010-12; 2013-)

Member of the General Purposes Committee (GPC), DPIR (2012-)

Equality and Diversity Officer, Nuffield College (2014-)

Senior Tutor, Nuffield College (2010-12)

Member of the Divisional Teaching Audit Committee (Social Science Division) (2012-14)

Number of DPhil supervisions completed: 9


Selected Publications:


The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007 (awarded the Alexander Nove Prize by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies).

Europeanization and Regionalization in the EUs Enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe: the Myth of Conditionality, London: Palgrave, 2004 (co-authored with James Hughes and Claire Gordon).

Ethnicity and Territory in the Former Soviet Union: Regions in Conflict, London: Frank Cass, 2001 (co-edited with James Hughes).


Journal articles:

Migrants' regional allegiances in homeland elections: evidence on voting by Poles and Ukrainians, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (published online December 2014 with A. K. Ahmadov). 

Linkages and the Promotion of Democracy: The EUs Eastern Neighbourhood, Democratization, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2013, pp. 553-591.

The Foundations of Ethnic Politics, or a House Built on Sand?, Nations and Nationalism Debate 2010, Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2011.

Ukraine: The Role of Regionalism, Journal of Democracy, Vol. 21, No. 3, July 2010, pp. 99-106.

Stabilitaet durch Heterogenitaet: Regionale Vielfalt als Staerke der Ukraine, Osteuropa, Nos 2-4, 2010, pp. 105-122.

The European Neighbourhood Policy and Conflict-Management: A Comparison of Moldova and Georgia, Ethnopolitics, 8, 3-4, 2009, pp. 369-386.

The Politics of Conditionality: The Norm of Minority Protection before and after EU Accession, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 15, No. 6, 2008, pp. 842-860.

Review Symposium: Kymlickas odyssey - lured by norms into the rocks of politics, Ethnicities, Vol. 8,No. 2, 2008; pp. 265-270.

The European Neighbourhood Policy: Conditionality Revisited for the EUs Eastern Neighbours, Europe-Asia-Studies,Vol. 60, No. 2, 2008, pp. 295-316.

A Research Agenda for the Study of Migrants and Minorities in Europe, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2005, pp. 655-71 (co-authored with Eiko Thielemann).

Securitization or Securing Rights? Exploring the Conceptual Foundations of Policies towards Minorities and Migrants in Europe, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2005, pp. 673-93.

Conditionality and Compliance in the EUs Eastward Enlargement: Regional Policy and the Reform of Sub-national Governance, Journal of Common Market Studies, 42, 3, 2004, pp. 523-51 (co-authored with James Hughes and Claire Gordon).

Integration mit Tiefgang? Regionalisierung in Ungarn und Polen, Osteuropa, Vol. 54, No. 5-6, 2004, pp. 180-194 (with James Hughes).

Monitoring the Monitors: EU Enlargement and National Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe, Journal of Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 1, 2003,pp.1-38 (with James Hughes); http://www.ecmi.de/jemie/download/Focus1-2003_Hughes_Sasse.pdf

Conflict-Prevention in a Transition State: The Crimean Issue in Post-Soviet Ukraine, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2002, pp. 1-26.

Saying Maybe to the Return to Europe: Elites and the Political Space for Euroscepticism in Central and Eastern Europe, European Union Politics, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2002, pp. 327-355 (with James Hughes and Claire Gordon).

From Plan to Network: Urban Elites and the Postcommunist Organizational State in Russia, European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 41, No. 3, 2002, pp. 395-420 (with James Hughes and Peter John).

Comparing Regional and Ethnic Conflicts in Post-Soviet Transition States and Conflict and Accommodation in the FSU: The Role of Institutions and Regimes, Regional and Federal Studies, Special Issue, Vol. 11, No. 3, Autumn 2001, pp. 1-35 and pp. 220-240 (with James Hughes), also published as introduction and conclusion in James Hughes and Gwendolyn Sasse (eds), Ethnicity and Territory in the FSU: Regions in Conflict, London: Frank Cass, 2001.

The New Ukraine: A State of Regions, in Regional and Federal Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2001, pp. 69-100.

Die Krim - Regionale Vielfalt im Spannungsfeld der Geschichte, sterreichische Oesterreichische Osthefte, Vol. 42, No. 3-4, 2000, pp. 437-456.



An End to Patience? The Great Recession and Economic Protest in Eastern Europe, in Nancy Bermeo and Larry Bartels (eds) Mass Politics in Tough Times. Opinions, Votes and Protest in the Great Recession, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 334-370 (with Mark Beissinger).

The Council of Europe as a Norm Entrepreneur: The Political Strengths of a Weak International Institution, in Neil Walker, Jo Shaw & Stephen Tierney (eds), Europes Constitutional Mosaic, Hart Publishing, 2011, pp. 171-204.

The ENP and the EUs Eastern Neighbours: Ukraine and Moldova as Testcases, in Richard Whitman & Stefan Wolff (eds), The European Neighbourhood Policy in Perspective: Context, Implementation and Impact, Palgrave, 2010, pp. 181-205.

The politics of EU conditionality: the norm of minority protection during and beyond EU accession, in Rachel A. Epstein & Ulrich Sedelmeier (eds), International Influence Beyond Conditionality: Postcommunist Europe after EU Enlargement, London: Routledge, 2009, pp. (previously published as a special issue in the Journal of European Public Policy).

Minority Protection and EU Enlargement: Tracing the Construction and Effects of EU Conditionality, in Bernd Rechel (ed), Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe, Routledge, 2009, pp. 17-31.

HowDeep is the Wider Europe? Elites, Europeanization, andEuroscepticism in the CEECs, in Aleks Szczerbiak & Paul Taggart (eds), Opposing Europe? The Comparative Party Politics of Euroscepticism, 2008, pp. 181-207 (with James Hughes andClaire Gordon).

Conditionality-lite: The European Neighbourhood Policy and the EUs Eastern Neighbours, in: Costanza Musu and Nicola Casarini (eds), The Road to Convergence: European Foreign Policy in an Evolving International System, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007, pp. 163-180.

The Political Rights of National Minorities: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe, in: Wojciech Sadurski (ed), Political Rights under Stress in 21st Century Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press (Academy of European Law Series), 2007, pp. 239-282.

National Minorities and EU Enlargement: External or Domestic Incentives for Accommodation?, in John McGarry and Michael Keating (eds), European Integration and the Nationalities Question, London: Routledge, 2006, pp. 64-84.

Sub-National Governance in Central and Eastern Europe: Between Transition and Enlargement, in Wojciech Sadurski et al. (eds), Spreading Democracy and the Rule of Law? The Impact of EU Enlargement on the Rule of Law, Democracy and Constitutionalism in Postcommunist Legal Orders, Springer, 2006, pp. 121-47(with James Hughes and Claire Gordon).

Minority Rights and EU Enlargement: Normative Overstretch or Effective Conditionality, chapter in Gabriel von Toggenburg (ed), Minority Protection and the EU: The Way Forward, Budapest: LGI, Open Society Institute, 2004, pp. 61-84.

EU Enlargement, Europeanisation and the Dynamics of Regionalisation in the CEECs, in Michael Keating and James Hughes (eds), The Regional Challenge in Central and Eastern Europe: Territorial and European Integration, Brussels: Peter Lang, 2003, pp. 69-88 (with James Hughes and Claire Gordon).

Die Autonome Republik der Krim zwischen Einheitsstaat und Separatismus, in: Gerd Simon (ed.), Die neue Ukraine. Gesellschaft - Wirtschaft - Politik (1991-2001), Kln: Bhlau Verlag, 2002, pp. 127-47.

The EU Common Strategy on Ukraine: A Response to Ukraines pro-European choice?, in Ann Lewis (ed.), The EU and Ukraine. Neighbours, Friends, Partners?, London: Federal Trust, 2002, pp. 213-21.


Working papers:

An End to Patience? The Great Recession and Economic Protest in Eastern Europe, Nuffield Working Paper Series in Politics, No. 1/2012 (28 April 2012) (with Mark Beissinger); http://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/Research/Politics%20Group/Working%20papers/Documents/Working%20papers/2012/Beissinger%20and%20Sasse_working%20paper%202012_01.pdf

The European Neighbourhood Policy: Effective Instrument for Conflict-Management and Democratic Change in the Unions Neighbourhood?, EU FP 6 (MIRICO), Working Paper, EURAC, August 2008 (with C. Gordon); http://www.eurac.edu/NR/rdonlyres/11B31AB2-FC47-42C1-9168-84E4D4026318/0/Web_del29ENP.pdf

EU Policies in the Stabilisation and Association Process, EU FP6 (MIRICO), Working Paper, EURAC, January2008 (with C.Gordon & S. Sebastian); http://www.eurac.edu/NR/rdonlyres/B11246A4-097C-421F-83C2-12F570566BDE/0/24_SAP.pdf

EU Conditionality and Minority Rights: Translating the Copenhagen Criterion into Policy, EUI Working Paper No. 2005/16, European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence (http://ideas.repec.org/p/erp/euirsc/p0154.html).

EU Enlargement and Power Asymmetries: Conditionality and the Commissions Role in Regionalisation in Central and Eastern Europe, ESRC Research Programme on One Europe or Several?, Working Paper 49/03, May 2003 (with James Hughes and Claire Gordon); http://www.one-europe.ac.uk/pdf/w49hughesassgord.pdf

The Regional Deficit in Eastward Enlargement of the European Union: Top Down Policies and Bottom Up Reactions, ESRC Research Programme on One Europe or Several?, Working Paper 29/2001 (with James Hughes and Claire Gordon); http://www.one-europe.ac.uk/pdf/w29gordon.pdf

Newspaper articles etc.:

UNDP newsletter Development and Transition (Deputy Editor), http: http://www.developmentandtransition.net/

Where did it all go wrong?, The Guardian Unlimited, 4 August, 2006 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/ukraine/story/0,,1837596,00.html); Thefutures still orange,The Guardian Unlimited, 27 April 2006;(http://www.guardian.co.uk/ukraine/story/0,,1740833); Ukraine at the brink of break-up?, The Guardian Unlimited, 30 November 2004 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/ukraine/story/0,,1362721,00html); So near, yet so far..., The Guardian Unlimited, 6 December 2004 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/ukraine/story/0,,1367723,00html)

Minority Rights in Europe: A New Policy Push from Central and Eastern Europe?, EUI Review, European University Institute, Florence, Winter 2003, pp. 18-9.

Power to the Regions: Making EU Enlargement Work, in: Issues for the Transition Economies, The EBRD Annual Meeting and Business Forum, Bucharest, 19-20 May 2002, pp. 46-48.



Postcommunist Transition, EU eastward enlargement, Ukrainian Politics, Minority issues in Central and Eastern Europe, Migration in Europe