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ASEN President, Vice Presidents and Advisers

Honorary President

Professor Anthony D. Smith

Anthony D. Smith is Honorary President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, having been President from its foundation until 2014. He is author of numerous works on nationalism, including the Ethnic Origins of Nations (Blackwell, 1986), Chosen Peoples: Sacred Sources of the National Identity (2003), and The Antiquity of Nations (2004). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nations and Nationalism.


Professor John Breuilly

Professor Breuilly's expertise lies in modern German history and the comparative history of modern Europe. He is also involved in modern urban history, the history of socialism and liberalism, the history of bourgeois culture and the history and theory of nationalism and of modernisation.


Vice Presidents

Dr. John Hutchinson

johnhutchinson_74x85John Hutchinson is the author of The 'Dynamics of Cultural Nationalism' (1987), 'Modern Nationalism' (1994) and 'Nations as Zones of Conflict' (2005). He is also co-editor of five book collections on nationalism. He is currently completing a monograph on warfare and national identity. He is also deputy editor of the journal 'Nations and Nationalism', and vice president of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism.

Prof. Eric Kaufmann

Eric Kaufmann Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was a Fellow at the Kennedy School, Harvard, in 2008-9. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America (Harvard, 2004), The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History (Oxford 2007; paperback 2009), Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland since 1945 (with Henry Patterson). He is editor of Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities (Routledge 2004) and co-editor (with Jack Goldstone and Monica Toft) of Political Demography (Paradigm 2011). He is the author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth (Profile Books, April 2010) and has written on religion, demography and politics for Newsweek International, Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines, among others. He is also an editor of the journal Nations & Nationalism.


Margit Wunsch

wunsch Margit is a PhD candidate in the International History Department at the London School of Economics. Her research interests include: the Balkans, specifically Bosnia and Kosovo, political communications and the media. In the previous years she has been the ASEN Conference Chair 2010 and ASEN chair 2010/11. Margit is a member of the editorial board for Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN). She is co-editor of the forthcoming volume Political Leadership, Nations and Charisma (Routledge, 2012).

Daphne Halikiopoulou

Dr Daphne HalikiopoulouDr Daphne Halikiopoulou is Fellow in Comparative Politics in LSE's Department of Government. Her area of expertise is in comparative European politics, British politics and methodology. Her work examines contemporary issues related to the study of nationalism including immigration, treatment of minorities (religious and ethnic), the politics of the radical left and radical right and the criteria for inclusion in and exclusion from the nation and the rise of populism. She is author of Patterns of Secularization: Church, State and Nation in Greece and the Republic of Ireland (Ashgate 2011) and co- editor of Nationalism and globalisation: conflicting or complementary (Routledge 2011 with Sofia Vasilopoulou). She is currently working on the role nationalism in the politics and rhetoric of European radical right and radical left parties and movements.

Jennifer Jackson (Co-chair)

Jennifer JacksonJennifer is a PhD candidate and an Ad Astra Scholar in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin. Her thesis title is Mechanisms and Processes of Ethnic Boundary Formation: The Importance of Ethnicity in Contemporary Northern Ireland and Quebec. Jennifer's other research interests include nationalism, identity formation and integrated schooling in Northern Ireland.

Robert Schertzer

schertzerRobert is pursuing a PhD in Government at the London School of Economics. His thesis, "Federal Dialogue: national minorities, federalism, and the role of the Court in Canada", investigates federalism jurisprudence in Canada from 1980 to 2008. Before returning to the LSE in 2008, Robert most recently worked as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Government of Canada. His research interests include: federalism, constitutional theory and law, nationalism and minority issues, the politics of recognition, immigration and multiculturalism, public policy and Canadian politics.

Eric Taylor-Woods

woodsEric is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of East London and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. He earned his PhD at LSE in 2012, which was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Birkbeck, University of London. His interests are in the symbolic politics of nationalism, ethnicity, conflict, reconciliation and redress. For more information on his research and interests, please see his website at|.