About me

Aleksandra Sojka (2) 2017.04.25 (1)I am a Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Social Sciences at the University Carlos III in Madrid. Before joining the Department I have been a Visiting Scholar at The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University (2016/2017), and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science of the University of Granada.

My principal research interests lie in the area of EU politics, comparative European politics, and political sociology of European integration. I focus on political identities and attitudes towards the European Union and explore the role of public opinion and elite positions in the process of integration. I am also interested in the impact of transnational mobility on identities and the development of European citizenship.

In my research, I mostly use quantitative methods (especially as applied to the analysis of cross-national datasets to explore the importance of context), but I have also significant experience with qualitative approaches, as I have developed projects in the past which relied on in-depth interviews and press analysis.

In February 2015, I defended my Ph.D. in Social Sciences awarded by the University of Granada (Cum Laude). My doctoral dissertation explores the role of political identities as a central element of attitudes towards European integration in the context of its enlargement towards the East. While I am currently working on publications from the thesis, part of this research has already recently appeared as an article in European Union Politics, co-authored with Bes Ceka (Davidson College, NC) .

In addition, I hold a Research MA (Cum Laude) in Gender and Ethnicity Studies from the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) granted in 2009. At Utrecht, I defended my MA Thesis (Cum Laude) titled Migrants from a European Country? The Influence of European Citizenship on the Situation of Polish Domestic Workers. The research from the thesis has been published in several book chapters. I also hold an MA (Cum Laude) in International Relations, granted by the University of Lodz (Poland). During my studies, I have been awarded the Polish Ministry of Science Award and TALENTIA Fellowship by the regional Andalusian government in Spain.

My academic experience is markedly interdisciplinary (international relations, ethnicity studies, political science, political sociology) and international. I studied in Poland, the Netherlands, and Spain, and developed research visits in Hungary, Germany, Italy and the USA. In the past, I have been a visiting student at the Doctoral School of Central European University (CEU) in Budapest (Hungary), as well as a visiting researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Research (MZES, Mannheim, Germany),  and at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). I am fluent in Polish, English, and Spanish and I have a working knowledge of German and French.