Université de Montréal

Magdalena Dembinska

Magdalena Dembińska is associate professor of Political Science and Director of the bachelor program in International Studies at the Université de Montréal. In 2018, she also joined the management team of the Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM). Her comparative research focuses on identity politics and conflict, state- and nation-building, nationalism and diversity, in Eurasia and Central Europe. Her current research agenda is threefold: (1) state- and nation-building in ethnically heterogeneous Transnistria (Moldova) and Abkhazia (Georgia); (2) Europe-Russia relations at the border, in Moldova, Kaliningrad and Estonia (SSHRC-funded project in collaboration with Frédéric Mérand, UdeM); and (3) kin-state policies, Poland and its external minorities in Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus. Her publications include a monograph with Presses universitaires de Rennes (PUR) on Vivre ensemble dans la diversité culturelle. Europe centrale et orientale après 1989 (2012), articles in peer-reviewed specialized journals such as International Studies Review, Nations and Nationalism, Federal and Regional Studies, Ethnopolitics, Comparative Political Studies, East European Politics and Societies, Nationalities Papers, and chapters in a number of edited volumes. She teaches courses on nationalism, ethnic conflict, Eurasian and European political systems. She serves on the editorial boards of the European Yearbook of Minority Issues, the Connexe. Les espaces post-communistes en question(s) and European and Regional Studies. She also serves as teasurer to the Société québécoise de science politique (SQSP) and is co-directing the CRIDAQ Observatoire des diasporas (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité et la démocratie).

Email: magdalena.dembinska [at]
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Recent publications

Dembinska, Magdalena. 2021. La fabrique des États de facto: Ni guerre ni paix. Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal.

Ștefan Morar & Magdalena Dembińska (2021) Between the West and Russia: Moldova’s international brokers in a two-level game, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 62:3, 293-318.

Frédéric Mérand, Magdalena Dembińska & Dominika Kunertova (2020) Theorising cooperation and conflict in Euro-Russian relations, East European Politics, 36:4, 465-476.

Magdalena Dembińska, Frédéric Mérand & Anastasiya Shtaltovna (2020) Conflict and cooperation between Europe and Russia: the autonomy of the local, East European Politics, 36:4, 477-498.

Dembinska, Magdalena, Françoise Montambeault, Martin Papillon (2020): “Finding Deliberative Niches: A Systemic Approach to Deliberation for Conflict Resolution”, in: Acta Politica 55, 692-710.

Dembińska, M. (2018) “Carving out the nation with the enemy’s kin: double strategy of boundary-making in Transnistria and Abkhazia”, Nations and Nationalism, first published online:

Dembińska, M. and Campana, A. (2017) “Frozen Conflicts and Internal Dynamics of de facto States”, International Studies Review, 19:2, 254-278.

Dembińska, M. (2017) “The Imagined ‘Other’ and Its Shifts: Politics and Identifications in Turkish Cyprus”, National Identities, 19:4, 395-413.

Dembińska, M. (2015) “State Territorial Capacity-Building and Trust Relations in Divided Societies”, European and Regional Studies, 5, 59-73.

Dembińska, M., Maracz L. et Tonk M. (2014) “Minority Politics and the Territoriality Principle in Europe”, Nationalities Papers, 42:3, 355-375.

Dembińska, M. et Danero Iglesias J. (2013) “The Making of an Empty Moldovan Category within a Multiethnic Transnistrian Nation”, East European Politics and Societies, 27:3, 413-428.

Dembińska, M. (2013) “Ethnopolitical Mobilization without Groups: Nation-Building in Upper Silesia”, Regional and Federal Studies, 23:1, 47-66.

Dembińska, M. (2013) “Fluctuating Images of Enemies and Friends: Abkhazia, With Turkish Cyprus’ Lens”, Warsaw East European Review, 3, 177-203.

Dembińska, M. (2013) “Minorities in the Europeanisation Process: Undermining the Westphalian Order for the Neo-Medieval Scrum?”, European and Regional Studies, 3, 24-46.

Dembińska, M. (2012) “(Re)Framing Identity Claims. European and State Institutions as Opportunity Windows for Group Reinforcement”, Nations and Nationalism, 18:3, 417-438.

Dembińska, M. (2010) “Building Trust, Managing Common Past and Symbols in Divided Societies”, Ethnopolitics, 9:3-4, 311-332.

Dembińska, M. (2009) “Briser les logiques du ‘gel’: approche différenciée et transformative en Abkhazie et en Transnistrie”, Études internationales, 40:4, 611-629.