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Director, Centre of East European and International Studies (ZOiS) and Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Gwendolyn Sasse is a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, and an Associate Member in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

Since October 2016 she has been the Director of the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS). In April 2021 she took up her Einstein Professorship for the Comparative Study of Democracy and Authoritarianism at Humboldt University, Berlin.

Previously, she was Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford. Prior to her arrival in Oxford in 2007 she was a Senior Lecturer in the European Institute and the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the LSE (which was awarded the LSE Robert McKenzie Prize for the best dissertation).

Her research has concentrated on different dimensions of regime change, ethnic conflict/war and migration, with a particular emphasis on the post-communist region. Her book The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict, Cambridge, (Harvard University Press, 2007; paperback 2014) won the Alexander Nove Prize, the Annual Book Prize awarded by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies.

Since 2014 she has been a non-resident Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe.


  • –present
    Professor in Comparative Politics, Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford