Jóhanna Kristín Birnir is a Professor in the department of Government and Politics and the director of the All Minorities at Risk project (AMAR).  Jóhanna studies the effect of identity (ethnicity, religion, gender) on contentious political outcomes (elections and violence), and has done extensive fieldwork in the Andes and in South-East Europe.  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 (under contract with 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. 

Areas of Interest

  • The politics of identity, especially contentious politics, and elections.
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  • PhD
    Comparative Politics

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  • Agatha Hultquist
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