Press Information: Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse

Gwendolyn Sasse has been the Director of ZOiS since 1 October 2016. She is Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations and at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford, and is Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College and Non-Resident Associate at Carnegie Europe. Her academic career spans the study of history, Slavonic studies and political science at the University of Hamburg and an MSc and PhD in political science at the London School of Economics. After gaining her doctorate, she first took up a post as Assistant Professor at the Central European University, and then a as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the London School of Economics before moving to Oxford in 2007. She is currently completing a three-year project funded by the British Leverhulme Trust on 'Political Remittances: The Political Impacts of Migration'.

Research interests

  • Post-communist transitions (with a particular focus on Ukraine)
  • Comparative democratization and authoritarianism
  • Ethnic conflicts in Eastern Europe
  • Migration from and within Eastern Europe
  • EU eastward enlargement/Eastern Partnership


The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007 (published in paperback 2014).

Europeanization and Regionalization in the EU's 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).

Articles in refereed journals

'Empowering to Engage with the Homeland: Do Migration Experience and Environment foster Political Remittances?', Comparative Migration Studies, 4, 12, 2016, pp. 1-25 (with Anar Ahmadov). (open access:

The Maidan in Movement: Diversity and the Cycles of Protest', Europe-Asia-Studies, forthcoming in Vol. 68, No. 4, 2016, pp. 556-587 (with Olga Onuch).

'Power ideas and conflict: ideology, linkage, and leverage in Crimea and Chechnya', East European Politics, forthcoming in Vol. 32, No. 3, 2016, pp. 314-334 (with James Hughes).

'International Linkages and the Dynamics of Conflict:  Revisiting the Post-Soviet Conflicts', Introduction to the Special Issue 'Linkages and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Conflicts', East European Politics, forthcoming in Vol. 32, No. 3, 2016 (Special Issue edited by Gwendolyn Sasse)

'A Voice Despite Exit: The Role of Assimilation, Emigrant Networks, and Destination in Migrant Transnational Political Engagement', Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 78-114 (with Anar K. Ahmadov).

'Migrant regional allegiances in homeland elections: evidence on voting by Poles and Ukrainians', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2015, pp. 1769-1793 (with Anar K. Ahmadov).

'Linkages and the Promotion of Democracy', Democratization, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2013, pp. 553-591.

'The European Neighbourhood Policy and Conflict-Management: A Comparison of Moldova and the Caucasus', 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. 842-60.

'The European Neighbourhood Policy: Conditionality Revisited for the EU's 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 (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.

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

Other articles

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

'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).

Chapters in edited volumes

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), Europe's Constitutional Mosaic, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011, pp. 171-204.

'The ENP and the EU's 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.

'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.

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

'Conditionality-lite: The European Neighbourhood Policy and the EU's 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)

Policy Papers, Media, Blogposts

'Constitution-Making in Ukraine: Re-Focusing the Debate', Carnegie Europe Article, 12. April 2016;

'A Step towards greater Transparency in Ukraine', Strategic  Europe, 31 October 2016;

'Local Change in the Making in Ukraine', Strategic Europe, 3 October 2016;

'The Crimean Tatars and the Politics of Eurovision', Strategic Europe, 17 May 2016

'To be or not to be? Ukraine's Minsk Process', Strategic Europe, 2 March 2016 ( - for other pieces published on this blog see here under 'Latest Analysis':

'Writing home: how German immigrants found their place in the US', The Conversation UK, 18 February 2016;

'Whether Minsk holds or not, Ukraine has time to save itself', The Conversation UK, 19 February 2015;

'What does Ukraine's Euromaidan teach us about protests?';

'Crimean Autonomy: A Viable Alternative to War?',

'What We'll Learn from Crimea's Vote'; New America Foundation:

UNDP newsletter 'Development and Transition' (Regular Contributor and Deputy Editor 2005-2010)

'Where did it all go wrong?', The Guardian Unlimited, 4 August, 2006 (,,1837596,00.html)

'The future's still orange', The Guardian Unlimited, 27 April 2006; 'Ukraine at the brink of break-up?', The Guardian Unlimited, 30 November 2004 (,,1362721,00html)

'So near, yet so far...', The Guardian Unlimited, 6 December 2004 (,,1367723,00html)