Elena Gadjanova

Elena Gadjanova

Departmental Lecturer in Public Policy

Elena Gadjanova is a Departmental Lecturer in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. She studies political communication, public opinion, and electoral politics in new democracies, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. She is committed to understanding the challenges to good governance in diverse societies with a view to designing policies and putting in place incentives to help overcome these challenges. 

Prior to joining the Blavatnik School, Elena was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany, Fung Global Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Institute and an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge.


Blavatnik School of Government
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Refereed Articles

Gadjanova, E. (2017). Ethnic Wedge Issues in Electoral Campaigns in Africa’s Presidential Regimes, African Affairs, 116(464): 484-507.

Gadjanova, E. (2017). Electoral Clientelism as Status Affirmation in Africa: Evidence from Ghana, Journal of Modern African Studies, 55(4), 593-621.

Gadjanova, E. (2015). Measuring Parties’ Ethnic Appeals in Democracies, Party Politics, 21(2): 309-327.

Gadjanova, E. (2013). What is an Ethnic Appeal? Policies as Metonymies for Ethnicity in the Political Rhetoric of Group Identity, Ethnopolitics 12(3): 307-330.


Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

Gadjanova, E. (2015). Disaggregating Conflict by Actors, Time and Location. in David A. Backer, Paul Huth, and Jonathan Wilkenfeld (eds.) Peace and Conflict 2014. Paradigm Publishers. (with Karsten Donnay and Ravi Bhavnani).