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 Senior Fellow 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 as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the London School of Economics before moving to Oxford in 2007 where she became a full professor in 2013.

ZOiS research projects

Political change from below? Local politics in Ukraine

The influence of war, annexation and displacement on political identities in Ukraine

Eastern Europe is here: transnational linkages among East European migrants in Berlin (with Dr. Tatiana Golova)

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

Selected Publications


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

2004. Europeanization and Regionalization in the EU's Enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe. The Myth of Conditionality, co-authored with James Hughes and Claire Gordon, London: Palgrave.

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

Artikel in Journals mit Peer-Review/Articles in refereed journals

2018. 'War and Identity: the case of the Donbas in Ukraine', with Alice Lackner. Post-Soviet Affairs vol. 34, no. 2-3: pp. 139-157.

2018. 'Introduction: Studying identity in Ukraine', with Olga Onuch and Henry E. Hale. Post-Soviet Affairs vol. 34, no. 2-3: pp. 79-83.

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

2016. 'The Maidan in Movement: Diversity and the Cycles of Protest', with Olga Onuch. Europe-Asia-Studies vol. 68, no. 4: pp. 556-587.

2016. 'Power ideas and conflict: ideology, linkage, and leverage in Crimea and Chechnya', with James Hughes. East European Politics vol. 32, no. 3: pp. 314-334.

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

2016. 'A Voice Despite Exit: The Role of Assimilation, Emigrant Networks, and Destination in Migrant Transnational Political Engagement', with Anar Ahmadov. Comparative Political Studies vol. 49, no. 1: pp. 78-114.

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

2013. 'Linkages and the Promotion of Democracy'. Democratization vol. 20, no. 4: pp. 553-591.

2009. 'The European Neighbourhood Policy and Conflict-Management: A Comparison of Moldova and the Caucasus'. Ethnopolitics vol. 8 (3-4): pp. 369-386.

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

2008. 'The European Neighbourhood Policy: Conditionality Revisited for the EU's Eastern Neighbours'. Europe-Asia Studies vol. 60, no. 2: pp. 295-316.

2005. 'A Research Agenda for the Study of Migrants and Minorities in Europe', with Eiko Thielemann. Journal of Common Market Studies vol. 43, no. 4: pp. 655-671.

2005. '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: pp. 673-693.

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

Andere Artikel/Other articles

2010. 'Ukraine: The Role of Regionalism'. Journal of Democracy vol. 21, no. 3: pp. 99-106.

2003. 'Monitoring the Monitors: EU Enlargement and National Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe', with James Hughes. Journal of Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (1): pp.1-38.

Kapitel in Sammelbänden/Chapters in edited volumes

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

2011. 'The Council of Europe as a Norm Entrepreneur: The Political Strengths of a Weak International Institution'. In: Europe's Constitutional Mosaic, edited by Neil Walker, Jo Shaw and Stephen Tierney, pp. 171-204. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

2010. 'The ENP and the EU's Eastern Neighbours: Ukraine and Moldova as Testcases'. In: The European Neighbourhood Policy in Perspective: Context, Implementation and Impact, edited by Richard Whitman and Stefan Wolff, pp. 181-205. Palgrave.

2009. 'Minority Protection and EU Enlargement: Tracing the Construction and Effects of EU Conditionality'. In: Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Bernd Rechel, pp. 17-31. New York: Routledge.

2008. 'How Deep is the Wider Europe? Elites, Europeanization, and Euroscepticism in the CEECs', with James Hughes and Claire Gordon. In: Opposing Europe? The Comparative Party Politics of Euroscepticism, edited by Aleks Szczerbiak and Paul Taggart, pp. 181-207. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2007. 'Conditionality-lite: The European Neighbourhood Policy and the EU's Eastern Neighbours'. In: The Road to Convergence: European Foreign Policy in an Evolving International System, edited by Costanza Musu and Nicola Casarini, pp. 163-180. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

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

2006. 'National Minorities and EU Enlargement: External or Domestic Incentives for Accommodation?'. In: European Integration and the Nationalities Question, edited by John McGarry and Michael Keating, pp. 64-84. London: Routledge.

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


2016. Linkages and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Conflicts. In: East European Politics vol. 32, no. 3.

Weitere Veröffentlichungen/Other publications

2019. 'Rückblick auf den fünften Jahrestag der Krim-Annexion'. Russland-Analysen Nr. 369: S. 11-12.

2019. 'The mood in Ukraine’s Donbas ahead of the presidential election'. ZOiS Spotlight 12/2019.

2018. 'Public Perceptions in Flux: Identities, War, and Transnational Linkages in Ukraine', with Alice Lackner. ZOiS Report 4/2018.

2018. 'Youth in Russia: Outlook on Life and Political Attitudes', with Félix Krawatzek. ZOiS Report 1/2018.

2018. 'Linking language and security in Ukraine'. ZOiS Spotlight 17/2018.

2018. 'Putins letzter Coup'. Russland-Analysen Nr. 351: S. 9-10.

2018. 'How Divided Is the Population of the Donbas Region?' Russian Analytical Digest no. 214: pp. 5-8.

2018. 'Krim'. Gnose, Onlinemagazin Dekoder.

2018. 'Krieg - die neue Normalität in der Ukraine?' Ukraine-Analysen Nr. 194: S. 8-10.

2018. 'The EU and Ukraine: Taking a Breath', with Balázs Jarábik, Natalia Shapovalova and Thomas de Waal. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

2017. 'Terra Incognita: The public mood in Crimea'. ZOiS Report 3/2017.

2017. 'A UN Mission for Ukraine’s Donbas?' ZOiS Spotlight 22/2017.

2017. 'The G20 and Eastern Europe: more than a handshake?'. ZOiS Spotlight 18/2017.

2017. 'New hope in Ukraine conflict?' ZOiS Spotlight 13/2017.

2017. 'The Donbas - Two parts, or still one? The experience of war through the eyes of the regional population'. ZOiS Report 2/2017.

2017. 'The Displaced Ukrainians: Who are they, and what do they think?' ZOiS Report 1/2017.

2017. 'The Annexation of Crimea in 2014'. ZOiS Spotlight 1/2017.

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

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