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Gëzim Krasniqi

Gëzim Krasniqi
Dr Gëzim Krasniqi
Lecturer in Nationalism and Political Sociology; Programme Co-Director, MSc Nationalism Studies
3.14 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Nationalism, identity politics, State building, 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
  • Nationalism and national identity
  • Citizenship
  • Ethnic conflict
  • State-building and democratisation
  • Contested states
  • Southeast Europe/Balkans/Kosovo politics

Nationalism Studies Programme

I am Programme Co-Director for the MSc Nationalism Studies - you'll find more details on the programme here.

Details of our Masters courses which I co-organise can be found by clicking on the links below:

I am also course organiser for the following Honours course:


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.

I am Co-Convenor of ASEN (The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism) Edinburgh branch.  ASEN Edinburgh organise local activity to advance the study of ethnicity and nationalism. 

Also, I am Associate Editor of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power journal.

Selected publications:


Albanian Nationalism(s) and Power Struggles in Kosovo: The Rise of a Polycentric Nation. Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming.

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


'Contested States as Liminal Spaces of Citizenship: Comparing Kosovo and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,' (2019) Ethnopolitics, 18:3, 298-314.

'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, 6:1, 49-64.

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,  2016), 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.                 

Topics interested in supervising

I would be happy to supervise students working on Nationalism, Nationalist Movements, Ethnic Conflict, Citizenship, Identity, State-Building, Contested States, South East Europe/Balkans, among others. Current and recent Masters and Doctoral supervisions include postgraduate research on: Investigating the (in)visibility of Romani women in Central and Eastern European nationalist discourses; European integration, socio-political behaviours and memory transmission of the Istrian expats in Italy; Integrated or mono-ethnic education in Bosnia and Herzegovina?; Estonian Collective Memory and its Integration into a European Memory; The use of bilingual education policy in constructing nationhood in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region; National Identity of the Chinese Diaspora in the UK; Disciplinary Methods in Schools in Nuwara Eliya; Chinese Nationalism in the Online Gaming World.

If you are interested in being supervised by Gëzim Krasniqi, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Politics; MSc (R) Sociology