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United Kingdom
University College London
Ethnicity, nationalism, democracy, divided societies, ethnic conflict, ethnic parties, ethnic fragmentation, federalism, ethnic mobilization
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About Me

Politics of ethnicity in divided societies, particularly in democratic and democratising states.

Specialist in Eastern Europe, particulary Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia as well as knowledge of the Balkans and Ukraine.

Recent Publications


Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe
Cambridge University Press, July 2012, softcover version published in 2014. Recipient of 1) honorable mention for the International Studies Association’s (ISA) section on Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Studies, Distinguished Book Award, 2014, and 2) honorable mention for the 2013 Joseph Rothschild Book Prize, Association of the Study of Nationalities (ASN).

Governance in Ethnically Mixed Cities, editor and author of introduction, “Politics is Local: Ethnoreligious Dynamics under the Microscope,” (London / New York: Routledge, 2007). Previously a special issue of Ethnopolitics 6, no. 2, 2007.


1. “Consociational Settlements and Reconstruction: Bosnia in Comparative Perspective (1995-Present),” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 656, no. 1, November 2014, pp. 97-115.
2. “Discourse in Bosnia and Macedonia on the Independence of Kosovo: When and What is a Precedent?” Europe-Asia Studies 65, no. 5, July 2013, pp. 874-88.
3. “Must the State Be a Vertical Network? Considering Kosovo,” Sudosteuropa 60, no. 4, 2012, pp. 514-25.
4. “Microdynamics of Bilateral Ethnic Mobilization,” Ethnopolitics 10, no. 1, March 2011, pp. 1-34.
5. “Demography in Ethnic Party Fragmentation: Hungarian Local Voting in Romania,” Party Politics 17, no. 2, March 2011, pp. 189-204.
6. “Making or Breaking Kosovo: Applications of Dispersed State Control.” Perspectives on Politics 6, no. 4, December 2008, pp. 655-74.
7. “Dilemmas of Autonomy and Liberal Pluralism: Examples Involving Hungarians in Central Europe,” with Stephen Deets, Nations and Nationalism 11, no. 2, April 2005, pp. 285-305.
8. “Examining Ethnic Violence and Partition in Bosnia-Herzegovina,” Ethnopolitics 4, no. 1, March 2005, pp. 49-64.
9. “What Belgium Can Teach Bosnia: The Uses of Autonomy in ‘Divided House’ States,” Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE), issue 3, 2003,
10. “NGO Strategies for Hungarian and Roma Minorities in Central Europe,” Voluntas 13, no. 1, March 2002, pp. 1-26.
11. “Measuring Ethnic Party Success in Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine,” Problems of Post-Communism 48, no. 4, July/August 2001, pp. 59-69.
12. “Missing Boundaries of Comparison: The Political Community,” with Peter Juviler, Political Science Quarterly 114, no. 3, Fall 1999, pp. 435-53.

Everyday Post-Socialism
Forum for the Journal of International Relations and Development, coordinator, with Antje Vetterlein and Stephen Deets. A non-triumphalist retrospective on the 1989 revolutions. Short pieces from East European scholars, writers, and artists on the adjustments that individuals had to make to markets and privatization after 1989. Vol. 12, no. 4, November 2009.


1. “Ethnic Minorities,” chapter requested for the Routledge Handbook of East European Politics, Adam Fagan and Petr Kopecky, eds. Expected 2016.
2. “How Non-Territorial Autonomy Reconfigures State-Minority Negotiations, For Better Outcomes,” in Tove Malloy, Alexander Osipov, and Balazs Vizi, eds., Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy: Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies, and Risks (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015). Originated as a project with the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg, Germany.
3. “Institutional Change and Identity Shift: The Case of Scotland,” in Jyotirmaya Tripathy and Sudarsan Padmanabahn, eds., Becoming Minority: How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India (London/New Delhi: Sage, 2014), pp. 111-29.
4. “The Autonomous Structures of Native American Reservations,” in Levente Salat, Sergiu Constantin, Alexander Osipov, and István Gergő 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, ISPMN, and the European Academy of Bolzano, EURAC: 2014), pp. 187-99. Originated as a project with the European Centre or Minority Issues (ECMI).
5. “Organic versus Strategic Approaches to Peacebuilding,” in Roger Mac Ginty, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding (London: Routledge, January 2013), pp. 276-86.
6. “The Role of Brokerage and Network Clientelism in Defusing Self-Determination Movements,” in Müge Aknur, ed., Challenges to Balkan Security and the Contribution of International Organizations (Izmir, Turkey: Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Business, Department of International Relations, 2009), pp. 141-58.
7. “Territory and the Hungarian Status Law: Time for New Assumptions?,” in Osamu Ieda, ed., Beyond Sovereignty: From Status Law to Transnational Citizenship? (Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Legal Studies, and the Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 2006). Available at
8. “Hungarians in Transcarpathian Ukraine,” in Ukraine and Its Western Neighbors, James Clem and Nancy Popson, eds. (Washington, D.C.: The Woodrow Wilson Center, 2000), pp. 51-65.
9. “The Components of Coexistence: Hungarian Minorities and Inter-ethnic Relations in Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine,” in John Micgiel, ed., State and Nation Building in East Central Europe: Contemporary Perspectives (New York: Columbia University, Institute on East Central Europe, 1996), pp. 153-75.

1. Response contribution to discussion on my 2012 book, “Book Symposium: Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe,” Nationalities Papers 43, no. 4, pp. 646-51, 2015.
2. “‘The Hungarians’ and the Presidential Election in Romania,” December 2014, available at:
3. “England’s Riots and the Lessons for Policy and Behaviour”, The Conversation (Online magazine, Australia), 21 August, 2011, available at:
4. “Bilateral Mobilizations, Vigilantes, and RiotWombles”, Blog post, Nationalities Blog of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, 11, August 2011, available at:
Sherrill Stroschein: Bilateral Mobilizations, Vigilantes, and RiotWombles
5. “Vojvodina,” case study article for Encyclopedia Princetoniensis: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Self-Determination, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University. At:
6. “Minorities, Kin States, and the 2001 Hungarian Status Law,” with Stephen Deets, Analysis of Current Events (ACE) 14, no. 1 (Association for the Study of Nationalities: February, 2002).
7. “The Czech Republic” and “The Slovak Republic,” in Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast, Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group, 2002), pp. 95-103 and 411-20.
8. Articles on the Czech and Slovak Republics in Nations in Transit: Civil Society, Democracy, and Markets in East Central Europe and the Newly Independent States (New York: Freedom House, 1995), pp. 44-49 and 122-28; article on the Slovak Republic in the 1997 edition, pp. 338-54.

Media Coverage

Some media coverage, taking a break due to commitments and difficulty with last-minute scheduling.

Country Focus
Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia, Eastern Europe generally

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