Johanna Birnir

Associate Professor

Jóhanna Kristín Birnir is an Associate Professor in the department of Government and Politics.  She earned her PhD in 2001 from the University of California Los Angeles and taught at SUNY-Buffalo until 2007 when she joined the Department at Maryland.  In 2010 Jóhanna was appointed 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).  She is especially interested in politics in Developing countries and has done extensive fieldwork in the Andes and in South-East Europe.  Jóhanna´s work is published in numarous academic journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Party Politics, Latin American Research Review.  Her last book "Ethnic Electoral Politics" was published by Cambridge.  Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation and The Department of Homeland Security.  

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

Jóhanna teaches courses on the Politics of Conflict and Methods.

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

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

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