Head of Department
Department of Political and Social Sciences
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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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Swiss Chair in Federalism, Democracy and International Governance
As part of my Chair, I have active collaboration with the Graduate Institute in Geneva. This collaboration has thus far taken the following forms:
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.
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.