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Gëzim Krasniqi

Gëzim Krasniqi
Dr Gëzim Krasniqi
Career Development Fellow
4.13 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Nationalism, identity politics, State building, Social movements, Ethnic conflict, Citizenship, Globalization, the Balkans, Kosovo


  • PhD (University of Edinburgh)
  • MA (Central European University)
  • MA (University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna)
  • BA (University of Prishtina)

Research Interests

  • political sociology, including social movements
  • nationalism and national identity
  • citizenship
  • ethnic conflict
  • State-building and democratisation
  • Contested states
  • Southeast Europe/Balkans/Kosovo politics


  • Theories and Theorists in Nationalism Studies (PG course)
  • Comparative Perspectives in Nationalism Studies (PG course)
  • Nations and Nationalism (PG and UG Honours courses)
  • Globalization (PG and UG Honours courses)

Research Interests    

My research interests lie broadly in political sociology.  My more particular interests lie in the sociology of nationalism. I have been concerned with the role of intra-group power competition in shaping nationalist movements' demands and ideological outlook. My research on post-Yugoslav states focuses on the relations between citizenship and various manifestations of diversity, including, but not exclusively, ethnicity. More recent projects involve the study of old and new state-nation configurations in South-East Europe and citizenship in contested/liminal polities.



with Dejan Stjepanović, Uneven Citizenship: Minorities and Migrants in the Post-Yugoslav Space (edited volume), London,  Routledge, 2015.


'Contested territories, liminal polities, performative citizenship : a comparative analysis,' (2018) EUI Working Paper RSCAS 2018/13

'Albanian Citizenship Configurations in the Balkans,’ (2017) Central and Eastern European Migration Review, pp. 1–22 (online first).

co-authored with Gent Cakaj, ‘The role of minorities in the Serb-Albanian political quagmire,’ in Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences, edited by Leandrit Mehmeti and Branislav Radeljic (Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press,  2017), 149-167.

Equal citizens, uneven communities: differentiated and hierarchical citizenship in Kosovo,(2015) Ethnopolitics, Vol. 14, Issue 2, 197-217.

co-authored with Dejan Stjepanović, ‘Uneven Citizenship: Minorities and Migrants in the Post-Yugoslav Space,’ (2015) Ethnopolitics, Vol. 14, Issue 2, 113-20.

co-authored with Mehmet Musaj, ‘The EU’s ‘Limited Sovereignty – Strong Control’ Approach in the Process of Member State Building in Kosovo,’ in The EU and Member State Building: European Foreign Policy in the Western Balkans, edited by Soeren Keil and Zeynep Arkan (London: Routledge, 2015), 140-62.

Foreign Policy as a Constitutive Element of Statehood and Statehood Prerogative: The Case of Kosovo’, in The Foreign Policies of Post-Yugoslav States: From Yugoslavia to Europe, edited by Soeren Keil and Bernhard Stahl (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 198-219.

co-authored with Isa Blumi, ‘Albanians' Islam(s)’ in The Oxford Handbook of European Islam, edited by Jocelyne Cesari (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 475-516.

‘Revisiting nationalism in Yugoslavia: an inside-out view of the Nationalist Movement in Kosovo’ in Debating the End of Yugoslavia edited by Florian Bieber, Armina Galijaš and Rory Archer (London: Ashgate, 2014), 225-39.

‘State Borders, Symbolic Boundaries and Contested Geographical Space: Citizenship Struggles in Kosovo’ (2013) Transitions Vol. 52, No. 2, 29-51.

’Quadratic Nexus’ and the Process of Democratization and State-Building in Albania and Kosovo: A Comparison’ (2013), Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Vol. 41, No. 3, 395-411.

‘Overlapping Jurisdictions, Disputed Territory, Unsettled State: The Perplexing Case of Citizenship in Kosovo’ in Citizenship after Yugoslavia, edited by Jo Shaw and Igor Stiks (Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2013), 69-82.

Unpacking Post‐Communist Socio‐Political Transformations in the Western Balkans: A Citizenship‐Centred Approach’ (2012) Südosteuropa Vol. 60, No. 4, 555‐564.

Overlapping jurisdictions, disputed territory, unsettled state: the perplexing case of citizenship in Kosovo’ (2012) Citizenship Studies Special Issue: Citizenship in the New States of South Eastern Europe, Vol. 16, No. 3-4, 353 - 366.

‘’For Democracy — Against Violence’: A Kosovar Alternative’ in Resisting the Evil: [Post-]Yugoslav Anti-War Contention, edited by Bojan Bilic and Vesna Jankovic (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft | Southeast European Integration Perspectives, vol. 7, 2012) 83-103.

'Socialism, National Utopia, and Rock Music: Inside the Albanian Rock Scene of Yugoslavia, 1970–1989' (2011) East Central Europe Vol. 38. No. 2-3, 336–354.

'The ‘forbidden fruit’: Islam and politics of identity in Kosovo and Macedonia' (2011) Southeast European and Black Sea Studies Vol. 11, No.2, 191-207.

'The International Community’s Modus Operandi in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo: A Critical Assessment' (2010) Südosteuropa Vol. 58, No 4, 520-541.

Defective alike, yet not equal; Cyprus, Taiwan and Kosovo,’ Journal of Human Rights and Policy, Vol 2, No. 1 (July 2009), 49-60.                 

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MSc (R) Politics; MSc (R) Sociology