Maria Koinova

University of Warwick

Maria Koinova

Dr. Maria Koinova is a Reader (Senior Associate Professor) in International Relations at the University of Warwick in the UK, and a research fellow at the Kroc Center for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame (spring 2018). She is also a board member of the BEAR network with a task to organize a policy conference in Brussels in 2020. Koinova has recently completed a large-scale European Research Council Starting Grant Project “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty” (2012-2017, She holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute, and has previously held research fellowships at Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, Woodrow Wilson International Center on Scholars in Washington D.C., Uppsala University, and at the Dutch Institute for Advanced Studies. She is the author of “Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States,” University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013, reviewed in Foreign Affairs, Choice, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Peace Research, among ten other academic journals. Her articles or edited special issues on diasporas, conflicts and post-conflict reconstruction have been published in the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Review, Review of International Studies, International Political Sociology, International Political Science Review, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Networks, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Ethnic and Racial Studies, Communist and Postcommunist Studies, and others. Her Master Class given for the inaugural events of the BEAR network could be viewed here.

Email: m.koinova [at]
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Recent publications

Koinova, Maria, “Diaspora Entrepreneurs and Contested States” Oxford University Press, 2021.

Koinova, Maria, Maryam Z. Deloffre, Frank Gadinger, Zeynep S. Mencutek, Jan Aart Scholte, Jens Steffek, 2021. “It’s Ordered Chaos: What Really Makes Polycentrism Work” International Studies Review Forum, online publication in full open access, 19 Oct. 2021.

Koinova, Maria. 2021. “Polycentric Governance of Transit Migration. A Relational Perspective from the Balkans and the Middle East”, Review of International Studies, forthcoming.

Koinova, Maria and Dzeneta Karabegovic. 2019. “Diaspora Mobilizations for Transitional Justice,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42 (11). Reprinted as a book “Diaspora Mobilizations for Transitional Justice,” London: Routledge, 2020.

Koinova, Maria and Dzeneta Karabegovic. 2019. “Causal Mechanisms in Diaspora Mobilizations for Transitional Justice,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 42 (11): 1809-1829, introduction to a special issue.

Koinova, Maria. 2019. “Diaspora Coalition-building for Genocide Recognition: Armenians, Assyrians and Kurds,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 42 (11): 1890-1910.

Koinova, Maria. 2019. “Diaspora Coalition-building for Genocide Recognition: Armenians, Assyrians and Kurds,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 42 (11): 1890-1910.

Koinova, Maria, 2018, “Sending States and Diaspora Positionality in International Relations,” International Political Sociology, forthcoming.

Koinova, Maria. 2018, “Endorsers, Challengers, or Builders: Political Parties’ Diaspora Outreach in a Postconflict State,” International Political Science Review , forthcoming in June.

Koinova, Maria and Gerasimos Tsourapas. 2018, “How Do Countries of Origin Engage Migrants and Diasporas? Multiple Actors and Comparative Perspectives,” introductory article to a special issue “Diasporas and Sending States in World Politics” in International Political Science Review, 2018, forthcoming in June.

Koinova, Maria. 2017. “Beyond Statist Paradigms: Sociospatial Positionality and Diaspora Mobilization in International Relations,” International Studies Review  19 (4): 597-621. Open access.

Koinova, Maria. 2017. “Diaspora Mobilization for Conflict and Postconflict Reconstruction: Contextual and Comparative Dimensions,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Introductory article to the special issue, ISI-ranked, online publication on 23 August.

Koinova, Maria. 2017. “Critical Junctures and Transformative Events in Diaspora Mobilization for Kosovo and Palestinian Statehood,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, ISI-ranked, online publication on 23 August, 2017.

Koinova, Maria and Dzeneta Karabegovic. 2017. “Diasporas and Transitional Justice: Transnational Activism from Local to Global Levels of Engagement,” Global Networks, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 212-233, ISI-ranked.

Koinova, Maria. 2016. “Sustained vs. Episodic Mobilization among Conflict-generated Diasporas,” International Political Science Review, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 500-516. Selected for the IPSR Editors’ Choice Collection “Borders and Margins.” ISI-ranked, open access.