Minority Politics/Comparative Politics Speaker: Jóhanna Birnir

Fri, January 29, 2021 12:00 PM at Zoom

The Minority Politics Lab and Comparative Politics Workshop at MSU will host a research presentation and graduate professionalization workshop with Dr. Jóhanna Birnir, Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Birnir will discuss her book "Alternatives in Mobilization: Religion, Ethnicity and Conflict." 

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After the talk, Prof. Birnir will be meeting with graduate students for a professionalization conversation on constructing original datasets and other topics. 

Johanna BirnirJóhanna Kristín Birnir is a Professor in the department of Government and Politics and the director of GVPT Global Learning.  Jóhanna studies the effect of identity (ethnicity, religion, gender) on contentious political outcomes (elections and violence), and has done extensive fieldwork in the Andes, South-East Europe and Indonesia.  Jóhanna´s  first book "Ethnic Electoral Politics" (Cambridge University Press) examines the relationship between political access and minority strategic choice of peaceful electoral participation, protest or violence against the state.  Her current book project (forthcoming Cambridge University Press and supported by the Global Religion Research Initiative - University of Notre Dame) examines the relationship between identity (ethnicity and religion) and minority peaceful and violent political mobilization.  Jóhanna´s articles on identity and politics are published in numerous academic journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Party Politics, Latin American Research Review , and Journal of Global Security Studies.  Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism and Folke Bernadotte Academy.