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Aleksandra Sojka

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Juan de la Cierva Post-Doctoral Researcher


Office: 18.2.A.01

Aleksandra Sojka is a Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Social Sciences, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Previously, she has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Granada, Spain, as well as MA degrees from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and University of Lodz, Poland. She is the recipient of the Polish Ministry of Science Award and Talentia Fellowship. In the past, she has been a visiting researcher at the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), Mannheim Centre for European Research (Manhheim, Germany), and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy).



Aleksandra Sojka

Research interests & Teaching

Sojka’s teaching and research interests include political sociology of Europe and the EU, comparative politics, and European Union politics. Her research explores the role of supranational identification in the processes of regional integration with a special focus on the politics and societies of Southern and Central Eastern Europe. In her doctoral thesis, for which she has been awarded Best Ph.D. Thesis Prize by the Spanish Association of Political Science (AECPA), she developed a comparative study of the determinants, contents, and consequences of European identification among the elites and public opinion of Central Eastern European member states of the EU. Her research appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as European Union Politics and Revista Española de Ciencia Política, and as chapters in several edited books. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Identity.

Relevant publications

 (in press). Shades of Europeanness: Whiteness, East-West migration and European citizenship. In Borderlands in European Gender Studies: Theorizing the East-West Frontier, Teresa Kulawik, Renata Ingbrandt y Zhanna Kravchenko, eds. New York: Routledge.

 2016. Still Euro-optimists? European Identity among Spanish and Portuguese Elites and Public Opinion. In Iberian Elites and the EU: Perceptions of European Integration among Political and Socio-Economic Elites in Portugal and Spain, Miguel Jerez Mir, José Real Dato and Rafael Vázquez García, eds. Granada: Universidad de Granada, 57-84. Co-authored with Rafael Vázquez García and Miguel Jerez Mir.

2016. Loving it but not feeling it yet? The state of European identity after the eastern enlargement, European Union Politics 17(3). Co-authored with Besir Ceka, Davidson College, NC. (Included in JCR, Political Science Q1, Impact factor: 1.754, 5 Year Impact factor: 2.410)

2015. Unconditional support? The Euro-Crisis and Institutional Trust in New Member States of the EU, Politeja, 5 (37), 321-344.

2014. La identidad europea en el sur de Europa. Un análisis comparado de las percepciones de las élites y opinión pública en España y Portugal, Revista Española de Ciencia Política, 36, 89-114. Co-authored with Rafael Vázquez García.

2014. Spain. In Party Attitudes towards the EU in Member States, Parties for Europe, Parties against Europe, Nicoló Conti, ed. Routledge Advances in European Politics. New York: Routledge. Co-authored with Rafael Vázquez García and Santiago Delgado.

2013. The Enlarged EU in a Globalized World: A Comparative Analysis of Elite and Public Opinion Support for a Common European Foreign Policy. In The EU as a Global Power in the Making? Europe’s present and future role in a changing world, Astrid B. Boening, Jan-Frederik Kremer, and Aukje van Loon, eds. Berlin: Springer. Co-authored with Rafael Vázquez García.