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Jennifer Rose Dari

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Greek, English, Italian, Spanish

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Swiss chair

Elias Dinas

Head of Department

Full-time Professor

Department of Political and Social Sciences


Elias Dinas holds the Swiss Chair in Federalism, Democracy and International Governance. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute (2010) and his research interests include the dynamics of political socialization, the downstream effects of institutional interventions and the legacy of authoritarian rule on the ideological predispositions of citizens in new democracies. He has also a keen interest in research methodology. His work has been published, among others, in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis and mentioned in The Economist, the Atlantic and the New York Times.

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As part of my Chair, I have active collaboration with the Graduate Institute in Geneva. This collaboration has thus far taken the following forms:

  1. An annual 10-credit seminar on European politics
  2. An annual graduate conference, that takes place in Florence, connecting PhD students from the EUI, the Graduate Institute, and Oxford
  3. Research collaboration with members of Geneva and other Swiss institutions
  4. A series of methodological workshops, implemented via zoom, offered in common to students of the EUI and the Graduate Institute

Together with colleagues in History and Law, I am coordinating the cluster on Democracy in the 21st century, which organises events and seminars on a variety of topics about democracy, its prospects and its challenges.

  • 2019 Family History and Attitudes Toward Outgroups: Evidence from the European Refugee Crisis (with Vasiliki Fouka and Alain Schläpfer), Journal of Politics, Forthcoming, Media Coverage: Kathimerini.
  • 2019 Does exposure to the refugee crisis make natives more hostile? (with Dominik Hangartner, Konstantinos Matakos and Dimitrios Xefteris), American Political Science Review, 113(2): 442-55. Winner of the Michael Wallerstein Award for the best published article in political economy.
  • 2019 Waking Up to a Golden Dawn: How Exposure to the Refugee Crisis Shapes Political Behavior (with Dominik Hangartner, Konstantinos Matakos and Dimitrios Xefteris), Political Analysis, 27(2): 244-54.
  • Thinking Fast and Furious: Emotional Intensity and Opinion Polarization in Online Media (with David Asker), Public Opinion Quarterly, 83(3): 487-509.
  • The Ideological Shadow of Authoritarianism (with Ksenia-Northmore Ball), Comparative Political Studies, Online View: 7 July, 2019.

I am currently supervising 14 students working on topics of memory, intergroup relations, norm change, conflict, gender and culture. I am particularly interested in supervising topics on how political stigmas emerge and change. One example is the stigmatization of authoritarian ideology and symbols, after successful democratic transitions. How do such bias affect political attitudes and how do such biases change over time? Here is an example of a paper that tries to address these questions. In general, I am very much interested in how context and space can shape or constrain expressed political preferences.

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