Aleksandra Sojka is a Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Social Sciences, Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain. Previously, she has been a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University. Aleksandra’s teaching and research interests combine European Union politics and the political sociology of regional integration, with a special focus on the politics and societies of Southern and Central Eastern Europe. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Granada, Spain, as well as degrees from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and University of Lodz, Poland. She is the recipient of the Best PhD Thesis Award of the Spanish Association of Political Science, the Polish Ministry of Science Award, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Spanish Ministry of Education, as well as a Talentia Fellowship. In the past, she has been a visiting researcher at the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), Mannheim Centre for European Research (MZES, Manhheim, Germany), and the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence (SPS EUI, Florence, Italy).
Aleksandra’s research explores the role of supranational identification in the processes of European integration. In her doctoral thesis, 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. During her stay at the Institute she will be working on her postdoctoral project which addresses the question of supranational identification in times of European crises, focusing on the relationship between migration attitudes and Europeanization of national identities. She is also interested in issues of intra-European mobility, migration, and transnational experience as related to the development of European citizenship and identity. Since 2017, she is a member of the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Identity.
Personal Website: aleksandrasojka.eu