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Dembinska, Magdalena

Associate Professor


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Dembinska, Magdalena

Research expertise

I specialize in comparative politics, and the interdisciplinary field of ethnic politics. My research agenda focuses on identity politics, ethnic conflicts, interethnic reconciliation and integration in central Europe and post-Soviet countries.

More specifically, I am interested in identity transformations included in a relational framework of interactions between political opportunities, strategies employed by elites and societal receptiveness. My agenda encompasses three research themes. The first explores the politics of recognition and ethno-political movements in post-Communist countries. The second has to do with nation-building processes and bears mainly on historical politics in post-armed-conflict societies and de facto states, i.e. Turkish Cyprus, Abkhazia (Georgia) and Transnistria (Moldova). The third looks at institutional and political processes of building inter-ethnic trust in divided societies. With Françoise Montambeault, I am studying, for instance, deliberation mechanisms suited to the formation of collective political identities.

Areas of expertise


  • Vivre ensemble dans la diversité culturelle. Europe centrale et orientale après 1989, Les Presses universitaires de Rennes (2012). 
  • avec Danero Iglasias J., «The Making of an Empty Moldovan Category within a Multiethnic Transnistrian Nation», East European Politics and Societies, 2013, vol. 27, no. 3, p. 413-428.
  • «Ethnopolitical Mobilization without Groups: Nation-Building in Upper Silesia», Regional and Federal Studies, 2013, vol.23, no. 1, p. 47-66.
  • «(Re)Framing Identity Claims. European and State Institutions as Opportunity Windows for Group Reinforcement», Nations and Nationalism, 2012, vol. 18, no. 3, p. 417-438.
  •  «Building Trust, Managing Common Past and Symbols in Divided Societies», Ethnopolitics, 2010, vol. 9, no. 3-4, p. 311-332.
  • «Briser les logiques du ‘gel’: approche différenciée et transformative en Abkhazie et en Transnistrie», Études internationales, 2009, vol. 40, no. 4, p. 611-629.


Directed theses and dissertations available in Papyrus