Sashenka LLESHAJ

McGill University

Sashenka Lleshaj

Sasha Lleshaj is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at McGill University and a recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2019-22) from the Federal Government of Canada (SSHRC). She is also a PhD Fellow at the Research Group on Constitutional Studies (RGCS) at McGill and a Lin-Oliver Fellow (2022-23). Sasha completed her Master of Science in Russian & East European Studies (REES) at the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College. Sasha also served as an Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania through AADF’s LEAD Fellowship in 2016-2017, and attended the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Program in this capacity. She moved to Canada as a Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Fellow 2017-19. As a Sauvé Fellow, she co-founded the CityInclusive initiative. In her research, Sasha explores memory politics, communist legacies in art and culture, and transitional justice in the post-communist space, with a focus on the Balkans.

Email: sashenka.lleshaj [at]