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Researchers Admitted in September 2011


ALONSO Francisco (MX)

Francisco Alonso

U.S. Border Control, Migratory Policies, and Criminal Violence in Mexico

Supervisor: Rainer Bauböck

Co-Supervisor: Hanspeter Kriesi


Abstract: My dissertation is about the unintended consequences of U.S. migratory policies in the ongoing wave of violence in Mexico. I am trying to provide an alternative narrative about the “Mexican criminal civil war” based on the U.S. punitive migratory shift. I argue that, for decades, Mexican irregular migration to the U.S. “turned a problem into an opportunity” since remittances promoted peace and development in Mexico, and the departure of unsatisfied people stimulated social and political stability, particularly in the Mexican countryside. But during the 2000s, post 9/11 migration policies closed this “escape valve”. Hence, by removing one of the main strategies for capital and status acquisition, migrant regions in Mexico became disproportionately more violent than the rest of the country. Negative Binomial regressions of aggregate data combined with semi-structured interviews and participant observation in regions of migration origin suggest that the deterrence of irregular migration corresponded to unintended negative consequences: increased competition for local scarce resources, reoriented prospective migrants into dangerous occupations like growing illegal crops, and reactivated blood feuds because paying back debts became more difficult.


Anna Beylunioglu Atli

State-Religion Relationship Towards a 'Cooperative Model'? The Case of Religious Minorities in Turkey

Supervisor: Olivier Roy 

CINI Lorenzo (IT)

Lorenzo Cini

Deliberative Democracy in Theory and Practice. Making Participation and Deliberation Real

Supervisor: Donatella della Porta

Liaison professor: Laszlo Bruszt

COMOLLI Chiara Ludovica (IT)

Chiara Comolli

First, Second and Reversal Demographic Transition: an Analysis of the Future of Lowest Low Fertility Countries.  The Case of the Recent Economic & Financial Crisis

Supervisor: Fabrizio Bernardi

Co-Supervisor: Martin Kohli

CUPAC Jelena (HR/RS)

Jelena Cupac

International Organizations as Order Making Practices: Towards Practice Understanding of the Post-Cold War Transformation of International Security Organizations (OSCE, NATO, and UN)

Supervisor: Chris Reus-Smit

DAHL Justiina Miina Ilona (FI)

Justiina Dahl

Seeing like a state in the society of states: Science, technology and the expansion of the international society

Supervisor: Chris Reus-Smit

External Co-supervisor: Trevor Pinch


Eliska Drapalova

Improving Quality of Local Government

Supervisor: Pepper Culpepper

GJOKSI Nisida (AT)

Nisida Gjoksi

Re-building the State in the Western Balkans on the Road to European Integration: The Case of Administrative Reforms in Albania, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia

Supervisor: László Bruszt

HABERSTROH Charlotte Marie (FR/DE)

Charlotte Haberstroh

School Reforms and Skill Formation Regimes – How Economic Interests of Innovation and Training Shape Education Systems in Established European Market Economies

Supervisor: Pepper Culpepper

Co-Supervisor: Sven Steinmo

HOLTMANN Anne Christine (DE)

Anne Holtmann

Equity and Performance in Different School Systems

Supervisor: Fabrizio Bernardi

JENNE Nicole (DE)

Nicole Jenne May 2012

The domestic origins of no-war communities: State capacity and the management of territorial disputes in South America and Souteast Asia

Supervisor: Chris Reus-Smit

KUEBLER Johanne  (DE)

The Co-Evolution of Internet Activism and Governmental Response in Authoritarian Regimes

Supervisor: Hanspeter Kriesi


Joldon Kutmanaliev

Ethnic Violence and Peace in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Supervisor: Donatella della Porta

Liaison professor: Olivier Roy

LEAL Hugo Joel (PT)

Hugo Leal

A Complexity Approach to the Emergence of Social Movements in the Middle East and North Africa Region: The Case of Egypt

Supervisor: Donatella della Porta

Liaison professor: Hanspeter Kriesi

MELLOR Ewan Edward (UK)

Ewan Mellor

Just and Unjust Distributions in War: The Moral Equality of Combatants and the Normative Structure of War

Supervisor: Chris Reus-Smit

MILAN Chiara (IT)

Chiara Milan

Rural Development Cooperation as a Tool for European Integration.  A Comparative Analysis of Civil Society Projects in Romania, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Supervisor: László Bruszt


Secularism in the Middle East

Supervisor: Olivier Roy


Milan Obaidi

The Social Psychological Investigation of Intergroup Relations and Intergroup Violence

Supervisor: Olivier Roy
Co-Supervisor: James Sidanius (Harvard University)

Milan works on a project that explores social and psychological factors that contribute to the motivations behind the radicalization of some first, second and third generations of Muslim Europeans with migrant background. In particular, he investigates the extent to which individual psychological needs, feelings and motives pertaining to the management of deprivation, victimization, uncertainty, group treat, and injustice are related to Muslim Europeans’ attitudes towards committing and supporting terrorism in the West.  In addition to theoretical work, he currently addresses his topic using a combination of methods, including questionnaires, large-scale random-sample surveys, vignette and priming experiments, and qualitative interviews


Leonidas Oikonomakis

Social Movements and the State: Participating, Staying Aside, or Opposing? A Comparative Case-Study of the Bolivian Cocaleros, the Mexican Zapatistas, and the Nicaraguan Sandinistas

Supervisor: Donatella della Porta

Liaison professor: Olivier Roy

ORAL Didem (TR)

Didem ORAL

From Contentious Politics in to Social Movements: Conscientious Objection in Turkey and Israel

Supervisor: Donatella della Porta

Liaison professor: Olivier Roy

RONSIN Caroline (FR)

The Political Role of Tribes in Jordan and Iraq: Evolutions of Tribal Leadership and Electoral Procedures

Supervisor: Olivier Roy

ROOS Jerome Emanuel (NL)

Jerome Roos

The Greek Debt Crisis in Comparative-Historical Perspective

Supervisor: Pepper Culpepper


Augustín Rossi Silvano

Beyond Wikileaks: Redefining Internet Governance. Private Actors and the Role of Governments

Supervisor: Sven Steinmo

SALO Sanna Liisa Kaarina (FI)

Sanna Salo

Public Debate on Financial Crisis in the EU: Justification of Responsibility

Supervisor: Hanspeter Kriesi


Marco Valbruzzi

Political Competition and Government Alternation: the Quality of Democracy

Supervisor: Stefano Bartolini


Andrea Warnecke

Rationalizations of the Origins of Genocide and Their Implications for Framing Peace-building Interventions. A Critical Assessment of the Discourses and Strategies Employed by External Actors

Supervisor: Chris Reus-Smit


Simon Watmough

 In the Shadow of the Deep State: The Rise and Fall of Guardian Political Orders in Turkey and Thailand

Supervisor: Chris Reus-Smit


Rebecca Wolffberg

Bridge Over Troubled Voters? Member State Governments' Coordination ith Members of the European Parliament - An Analysis

Supervisor: Adrienne Héritier


Margarita Zavadskaya

When Do Elections Support Autocracy? The Incumbent Strategies, Political Competition and Authoritarian Regime Survival

Supervisor: Alexander Trechsel


Researchers directly admitted to the second year of studies

DÄMMRICH Johanna (DE) 


Gendered labor market outcomes and country-specific institutional settings. A comparison of modern societies

Supervisor: Hans-Peter Blossfeld




The regime change and social inequality. Educational and job careers in the Soviet and post-Soviet Era

Supervisor: Hans-Peter Blossfeld

MCMULLIN Patricia (IE)


The multiple dimensions of educational (dis)advantage: Examining inequality in educational opportunities and labor market outcomes in the UK

Supervisor: Hans-Peter Blossfeld




Non- cognitive Skills and stratification outcomes in the life course

Supervisor: Hans-Peter Blossfeld

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