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First Name
Friederike Luise
Last Name
University of Konstanz
self-determination, territory, political violence, nonviolence, secession, religion, sovereignty referendums
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About Me

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, where I received my PhD from the Graduate School of Decision Sciences in 2017. During my doctoral research, I have been a visiting researcher at Princeton University and the University of Maryland, College Park.

My research addresses the territorial sources of subnational demands for self-determination. I propose a comprehensive approach to analyzing various dimensions of territorial value, and investigate why groups demand self-determination, why they choose which conflict strategy, and when demands are successful. Symbolic attachments to the contested territory are crucial to account for all these processes. This is the case in particular for self-determination conflicts with a religious component.

More recently, I am studying the role of elites in sovereignty referendums.

Recent Publications

Kelle, F. L. (2017). To Claim or not to Claim? How Territorial Value Shapes Demands for Self-Determination. Comparative Political Studies, 50(7), 992-1020.

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