Academic site

Hello and welcome to my academic website!

I am currently a Senior Research Fellow and a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science of the University of Lucerne. My present research is mostly focused on my three-year (2015-2018) project entitled “Racist voters and minority candidates. A normative puzzle and an empirical challenge with a focus on the Swiss case”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF-Ambizione grant).

As of October 2018 I will be an SNSF Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Geneva, with a new four-year research project on “A non-populist theory of direct democracy”.

Previously I was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA), University of Zurich (2009-2015). I have been a Visiting Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter / chargé de cours) at the universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Sarajevo, Zurich and ETH Zurich, where I have taught political theory and comparative politics, with a special focus on issues related to justice and democracy in multicultural societies. Since March 2014 I have been affiliated as a visiting researcher with the KU Leuven in the context of the European FP7 project “Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe MIME” with a project on linguistic justice.

My research interests focus on challenges to democracy in divided societies. Combining the approaches of political theory and comparative politics, I have been working on topics such as group representation, quotas, multiculturalism, nationalism, institutional engineering, electoral systems, federalism, linguistic justice, direct democracy, and discrimination.

I was a member of the Communal Council of Lugano (2004-2008) and of parliament of Canton Ticino (2007-2013). On behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation I conducted the project “The Swiss contribution to constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (2008-2013) and am currently the co-president of the association i-dijaspora. Since 2012 I have been a member of the Federal Commission against Racism and, since 2015, of the Foundation Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, in which I represent the Swiss national association of young academic researchers (actionuni). I am also active as a board member of the New European Movement Switzerland (NEBS/NOMES) and of the Support Office of Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC).

I hold degrees in political science from the universities of Geneva (licence, 1999), McGill (M.A., 2000), and Zurich (Dr. phil., 2008). I was a visiting student in Paris (Sciences Po), London (LSE) and Montreal (Université de Montréal), and a post-doctoral fellow in Louvain (UC Louvain), Canterbury (U Kent), Florence (EUI) and Princeton (Department of Politics, Princeton U). In 2012 the Swiss Political Science Association assigned me the award for the best (ex aequo) doctoral thesis.

You can reach me at (until June 2018) and For further information I invite you to download my CV, list of publications or single publications, and to visit my websites at the University of Lucerne (E / D).

Nenad Stojanović, April 2018