Prof Erika Harris PhD., BA

Professor Politics

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    Erika joined Politics department in 2004. She was Head of Department 2010-14 and was promoted to Professor in 2013. In 2017 she was awarded the named chair, the Bowes Chair in Politics. She is internationally recognized as an expert on studies of nations and nationalism generally, but specifically in Central Europe, post- Soviet space and the Balkans. Within this general area, her research increasingly focuses on the impact of ethnicity on politics within and between states, and on identity construction in contemporary European states. She frequently provides commentary and analysis for international press.

    PhD supervision.
    Erika is interested to hear from potential PhDs and in supervising topics in the areas of: nationalism studies, ethnic politics, post-communist democratisation and Europeanisation processes, and minority protection. For more detail of her research interests see under 'Research'.

    As a co-director of the Europe and the World Centre ( EWC) she is very involved in public engagement through conferences and debates that are organized by the Centre. She provides regular commentaries to British and international press on the relationship between the UK and the European Union. See the Europe and the World Centre website. https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/europe-and-the-world/.

    Personal Distinctions

    • Evaluation Board EU funding for Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (Slovak Academy of Sciences 2017)
    • Expert Panel Accreditation of Political Sciences (Croatian Government Agency for Science and Education 2014)
    • Invitation (Invitation to Speak, Association for Studies of Nationalism and Ethnicity at LSE, London 2015)
    • Invitation (Keynote Speech, Bosnian Croat Civil Societies Annual meeting ( Sarajevo) 2013)
    • Advisor (Invitation to Speak, Europeanisation of citizenship in the successor states of the former Yugoslavia 2013)
    • Research Grant (British Academy 2010)
    • Visiting Professor (Invitation to Speak, Vysoka skola v Sladkovicove 2010)
    • Visiting Professor (Invitation to Speak, Vysoka skola v Sladkovicove 2009)
    • Advisor (Invitation to Speak, Advocacy Center for arab Citizens in Israel 2009)
    • Public lecture (Invitation to Speak, Vysoka skola v Sladkovice 2008)
    • Public Lecture (Invitation to Speak, Slovak Academy of Sciences 2006)
    • Public Lecture (Invitation to Speak, City University of Hong Kong 2006)
    • Public Lecture (Invitation to Speak, The Centre for Democratisation Studies, University of Leeds 2006)
    • Public Lecture (Invitation to Speak, The Slovak Academy of Sciences 2005)
    • Research Grant (The British Academy 2005)
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (ESRC 2002)
    • Public Lecture (Invitation to Speak, The Slovak Academy of Sciences 2002)

    Administrative Roles

    • Interim Head Of Department, October 2017- February 2018
    • Co-Director of the Europe and the World Centre ( EWC)
    • Director of Postgraduate Research, Politics
    • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, 2010-2014
    • REF 2014 Coordinator