Erin Kristin Jenne

Budapest, Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
+36 1 327 3000 x2168

Erin K. Jenne (Stanford University, PhD) is a professor at the International Relations Department at Central European University in Vienna, Austria, where she teaches MA and PhD courses on qualitative and quantitative methods, ethnic conflict management, international relations theory, nationalism and populism, foreign policy analysis and international security. Jenne received her PhD in political science with concentrations in comparative politics, international relations and organizational theory. She has received  numerous grants and fellowships, including a MacArthur fellowship at Stanford University, a Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) fellowship at Harvard University, a Carnegie Corporation scholarship, a Senior Fernand Braudel fellowship at European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, and was co-principal investigator for a Minerva Grant from the US Office of Naval Research to conduct research on the subject of soft power. Her first 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. Her second book, Nested Security: Lessons in Conflict Management from the League of Nations and the European Union (Cornell University Press, 2015) explores how emerging domestic struggles can be contained through soft power mediation. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Civil Wars, International Studies Review, Research and Politics, Journal of Democracy, Nationalities Papers and Ethnopolitics. She was an associate editor for the Journal of 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. She has taught courses on longitudinal case study analysis and mixed methods research at the ECPR Summer School.


Erin K. Jenne, Andras Bozoki, and Peter Visnovitz (2022) "Antisemitic Tropes, Fifth Columnism and
Soros-Bashing: The Curious Case of Central European University," in Enemies Within: The Global Politics of Fifth Columns, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Erin K. Jenne (2022) Varieties of Nationalism in the Age of Covid-19, Nationalities Papers 50(1): 26-44.

Erin K. Jenne (2021) Populism, nationalism and revisionist foreign policy, International Affairs 97(2): 323-343.

Péter Visnovitz and Erin K. Jenne (2021) Populist argumentation in foreign policy: The case of Viktor Orbán, 2010-2020, Comparative European Politics.

Erin K. Jenne, Kirk A. Hawkins, Bruno Castanho Silva (2021) Mapping Populism and Nationalism in Leader Rhetoric Across North America and Europe, Studies in Comparative International Development 56(2): 1-27.

Daniel Bochsler, Elliott Green, Erin K. Jenne, Harris Mylonas, and Andreas Wimmer (2021) Exchange on the quantitative measurement of ethnic and national identity, Nations and Nationalism 27(1)” 22-40.

Connor Kopchick, Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham, Erin K. Jenne, Stephen M. Saideman (2021) Emerging diasporas: Exploring mobilization outside the homeland, Journal of Peace Research.

Milos Popovic, Erin K. Jenne, Juraj Medzihorsky (2020) Charm Offensive or Offensive Charm? An Analysis of Russian and Chinese Cultural Institutes Abroad, Europe-Asia Studies 72(9): 1445-1467.


  • Culture in Power Transitions: Sino-American Conflict in the 21st Century (co-principal investigator with Robert Jervis, Milos Popovic, Juraj Medzihorsky, Gregory Mitrovic, and Victoria Hui)  2014-2017 (extended to 2021). This is a project funded by the MINERVA Initiative, Office of Naval Research, Department of Defense, United States Government. This project examines how the rising power of China of today and the United States over a century ago used “culture” to advance their security interests and establish a position of global leadership. The project employs qualitative case studies and quantitative analysis of archival, conflict and communications databases to test for the impact of cultural diplomacy by both an earlier era of American leadership and Chinese leadership today. 
  •  Clients, Rivals and Rogues: Three Logics of Great Power Side-taking in Revolutionary Civil Wars (with Milos Popovic and David Siroky) We use a mix of qualitative text analysis and multinomial regression analysis of a dataset of major power-conflict-years from 1975 to 2016 to explore the patterns of great power military interventions into revolutionary civil wars. The project  investigates how great powers (the Permanent Five members of the United Nations Security Council) choose to intervene militarily in such conflicts, which side they choose, and when they exit conflicts. It is currently under review with Cambridge University Press.
  • Comparative Populism Project (2017-2019) (extended to 2022). This is a two-year team project funded by the Intellectual Themes Initiative (ITI) at Central European University under which annual speeches of state executives (prime ministers or presidents) in the counties of Eurasia are holistically coded from 1989 to present using a large team of coders. The texts are coded for the relative presence of nationalism and populism. The same coding is undertaken on party manifestos of the biggest two or three parties, as well any smaller parties that are widely-recognized as either populist or right-wing. The project aims to map the variations of identitarian framing in political arenas across Europe to understand the variable forms populism and nationalism take. The team also conducts holistic coding on the executive speeches and party platforms for selected countries from interwar Europe (Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria) where populism was an important political force.


PhD, Political Science, Stanford University
MA, Political Science, Stanford University
BA, Political Science and Communications, University of Washington

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