Erin Kristin Jenne

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Phd, Stanford University
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Erin K. Jenne is an associate professor at the International Relations and European Studies Department at Central European University in Budapest, where she teaches MA and PhD courses on qualitative and quantitative methods, ethnic conflict management, international relations theory, nationalism and civil war, and international security. Jenne received her PhD in political science from Stanford University with concentrations in comparative politics, international relations, conflict processes, and East European politics. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a MacArthur fellowship at Stanford University, a Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) fellowship at Harvard University, a Carnegie Corporation scholarship, and a Fernand Braudel fellowship at European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Her recent book, Ethnic Bargaining: The Paradox of Minority Empowerment (Cornell University Press, 2007) is the winner of Mershon Center’s Edgar S. Furniss Book Award in 2007 and was also named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine. The book is based on her dissertation, which won the Seymour Martin Lipset Award for Best Comparativist Dissertation in 2001. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Civil Wars, and Ethnopolitics (forthcoming). She is an associate editor for Foreign Policy Analysis and has served in several capacities on the Emigration, Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section of the International Studies Association and the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Courses taught:

* Foreign Policy Analysis (MA, winter semester)
* Methods and Research Design (PhD, fall semester)

Courses taught in previous years:

* Europe's Long Struggle with Ethnic Conflict
* The Study of International Relations
* Introduction to Statistics

Current research projects:

Europe's Long Struggle with Ethnic Conflict-From the League of Nations to the European Union (book project funded by the Carnegie Corporation). The book's central research question is how to protect minority rights without encouraging minority rebellion. Can this best be accomplished through power-sharing arrangements, military intervention, ethnic partition, or external inducements? There are two periods in European history when minority protection became an explicit strategy for stabilizing the continent: the interwar and the postcommunist eras. These two historical periods offer a useful comparison for two reasons. First, many of the mechanisms used in interwar Europe-including ethnic partition and territorial autonomy-are again on the table as possible solutions to today's conflicts. By comparing the effectiveness of different tools used in the interwar period, this project promises to yield insights into the techniques that are most likely to achieve success for the contemporary era. Second, by comparing the relative success that each instrument had in the interwar versus the postcommunist period, this project effectively holds many regional and historical factors constant in determining the intervening impact that increased communications, capital flows, and political and economic integration have had on the success of each of these techniques in promoting peace in contemporary Europe.

(with Stephen M. Saideman and Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham) Large-N data analysis of diaspora segments in democratic countries (beginning with Canada and the U.S.). Central research questions include: (1) the conditions under which diaspora segments mobilize politically in their host countries, and (2), the impact these diaspora segments have on civil conflicts in their homeland.

Selected publications:

“Managing European Conflicts Through Devolution: Lessons from the League of Nations," EUI Working Paper RSCAS, 2010/65, 1-22.

 “Barriers to Reintegration after Ethnic Civil War: Lessons from Minority Returns and Restitution in the Balkans,” Civil Wars 12(4), December 2010.

 “How Ethnic Partition Perpetuates Conflict: The Consequences of De Facto Partition in Bosnia and Kosovo,” Regional and Federal Studies 18 (Special Issue): The Paradox of Federalism, 2009.

“Ethnic Partition under the League of Nations: Population Exchanges between Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria,” in Adria Lawrence and Erica Chenoweth (eds.) Paths to Violence (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press), 2010.

"Separatism as a Bargaining Posture: The Role of Leverage in Group Claim-making," (with Stephen M. Saideman and Will Lowe), Journal of Peace Research 44(5): 537-556, September 2007.

"Dilemmas of Divorce: How Secessionist Identities Cut Both Ways," (with Stephen M. Saideman and Beth K. Dougherty), Security Studies 14(4): 607-636, Summer 2005.

"A Bargaining Theory of Minority Demands: Explaining the Dog that Didn't Bite in 1990s Yugoslavia," International Studies Quarterly 48(4): 729-754, December 2004.

"The Impact of Group Fears and Outside Actors on Ethnic Party Demands on Ethnic Party Demands: Comparing Sudeten Germans in inter-war Czechoslovakia with the post-1989 Moravian movement," Czech Sociological Review 7(1): 67-90, 1999.

"The International Relations of Ethnic Conflict," (with Stephen M. Saideman) in Manus I. Midlarsky (ed.) Handbook of War Studies III, 2009.

"National Self-Determination: A Deadly Mobilizing Device," in Hurst Hannum and Eileen Babbit (eds.) Negotiating Self-Determination, Causes and Consequences (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005), 7-36.

"Sri Lanka: A Fragmented State," in Robert I. Rotberg (ed.) State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2003), 219-245.

"The Roma of Central and Eastern Europe: Constructing a Stateless Nation," in Jonathan Stein (ed.) The Politics of National Minority Participation in Post-Communist Europe: State-building, Democracy, and Ethnic Mobilization (Armonck, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000), 189-212.

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Civil war; Ethnic conflict/nationalism; Foreign intervention; Peace studies; Diasporas