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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 project called “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).

Previously I was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA) and the Institute of Political Science (IPZ), University of Zurich (2009-2015) and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Politics, Princeton University (2015-2016). I was also a Visiting Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter / chargé de cours) at the universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Sarajevo, Zurich and ETH Zurich, where I taught comparative politics and contemporary political theory, with a special focus on democracy in multicultural societies and on Swiss multilingual democracy. 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“.

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

From 2007 to 2013 I was a member of parliament of Canton Ticino. 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). In November 2011 the Swiss Federal Council appointed me to the Federal Commission against Racism. As of April 2015 I am a member of the Foundation Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF, in which I represent the Swiss national association of young academic researchers (actionuni).

I hold degrees in political science from the universities of Geneva (licence, 1999), McGill (M.A., 2000), and Zurich (Dr. phil., 2008). I have been 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), and Florence (EUI). In 2012 the Swiss Political Science Association assigned me the award for the best (ex aequo) doctoral thesis.

You can reach me at 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, July 2017