Josip Glaurdić joined the University of Luxembourg as an Associate Professor of Political Science and ERC Fellow in April 2017. He was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna (2008), Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge (2008-2017), and a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow (2012-2016) at Cambridge's Department of Politics and International Studies.

He earned his PhD in political science (with distinction) from Yale University in 2009, and his BA in political science and international business (summa cum laude) from Illinois Wesleyan University. Professor Glaurdić's work is situated at the crossroads of comparative politics, international relations, and political economy, with a strong grounding in historical research.

In the period 2017-2022, he is leading a team of scholars on a project funded by a €1.5 million ERC Starting Grant, titled "Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe". The team uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches to answer questions with real policy relevance beyond Southeast Europe: What determines electoral results and the quality of governance in post-conflict societies? Are elections decided by the voters' experiences and perceptions of the ended conflict, or are they decided by the voters' considerations of the political parties' peacetime economic platforms and performance in office?


Research interests
Comparative Politics
Political Economy
International Relations
Southeast Europe

Latest content Josip Glaurdić took part in

Social Sciences
COVID-19: Saving lives or saving the economy ?
A new study conducted by dr. Christophe Lesschaeve, Prof. Josip Glaurdić, and dr. Michal Mochtak from the Department of Social science and recently accepted for publication in the journal Public Opinion Quarterly (ranked globally as the best journal for public opinion research) looks into the public attitudes towards the difficult trade-off imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdowns decrease the spread of the virus, but amplify the damage to the economy. Are people willing to accept a higher death toll in an attempt to limit the damage of the economy, or is saving lives considered nonnegotiable?
Faculty Blog
Reaction to the Capitol riots
Professors in Political Science at the University of Luxembourg who share strong connections with the United States of America reacted in the press to the dramatic events that took place in the Capitol on January 6.
Faculty Blog
Using Social Networks to Explain Beliefs in COVID-19 Conspiracies
Each crisis brings with it its share of revelations. The coronavirus crisis did not escape this reality. The pandemic has exposed a number of medical, economic, social and political weaknesses of our societies. Particularly, it has exposed the vulnerabilities of 21st century humankind when it comes to making reasoned decisions based on facts and data, rather than on instincts, prejudice, wishful thinking or conspiracy theories. Researchers from the social sciences department tried to understand the determinants of people’s beliefs in conspiracy theories related to COVID-19.
Social Sciences
How past becomes present
Using a multi-disciplinary methodological toolbox, the ERC-funded project ELWar – Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe – seeks to understand how (war) past becomes embedded in (political) present and why postwar societies often struggle to overcome conflict traumas.