Jóhanna Birnir

Associate Professor

Jóhanna Kristín Birnir is an Associate Professor in the department of Government and Politics.  She is Research director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) and director of the Minorities at Risk (MAR) project (now AMAR, A for All).  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, and Latin American Research Review .  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.
  • PhD Comparative Politics

Jóhanna teaches courses on the Politics of Identity, Conflict and Methods. Including: GVPT201 (Research Methods, (Scholarship in Practice Gen ed.)), GVPT301 (Identity and Conflict, (Gen ed. Cultural Competency)), GVPT888T/F (Political Violence), GVPT831 (Formal Theory).

Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT301 Identity and Conflict Spring 2017 Syllabus

Jóhanna´s research focuses on the relationship between identity (ethnicity, religion, gender) and contentious political outcomes (elections and violence), often as mitigated by institutions.

2117F Chincoteague Hall
Department of Government and Politics
Phone: (301) 405-7206
Email: jkbirnir@umd.edu
Office Hours:
by appointment