ETHNICGOODs Core Team

Matthias vom Hau

Matthias is an Associate Professor at IBEI. A sociologist by training, he has a PhD from Brown University and previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester. He has been a visiting researcher at Princeton University, the Freie Universität and the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, the Universidad de San Martín and the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Buenos Aires, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in Lima. Matthias’ research focuses in correcting the ahistorical approach that underpins the supposedly negative relationship between ethnic diversity and public goods provision. He has also published widely on how states construct a sense of national belonging, how civil society actors negotiate and contest official nationalisms, and the extent to which ordinary citizens subscribe to official and counter-state identity projects.

Anna Lucia Pinto

Anna Lucia is a passionate gender and diversity Expert, and Project Manager with over 15 years of experience. She holds an M.A. in Development Economics and International Cooperation, along with post-graduate studies in Development Management. Anna Lucia has led international programs and EU-funded projects across Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, focusing on social inclusion, education, arts and culture, the eradication of gender-based violence and LGBTI+ rights. Anna Lucia is a certified yoga teacher, specializing in women’s health and trauma-sensitive yoga.

Frank Borge Wietzke

Borge Wietzke is an Assistant Professor at IBEI. Originally trained as a political scientist(University of Leipzig and Science Po Paris), he has a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He is currently on a Jean Monnet Visiting Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.
Borge’s research –broadly defined- focuses on the interaction of societal and political forces in the formation of longer-term wellbeing inequalities in developing regions. Previous and ongoing research addressed the impacts of missionary and colonial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. His more recent publications focused on the effects of the so-called ‘new middle classes’ on democratic processes in developing countries. His work has appeared in leading journals at the intersection of international development, political science, and economics, such as World Development, Population and Development Review, Socio-Economic Review, Democratization, Perspectives on Politics, and others.

Emre Amasyali

Emre has a PhD (McGill University) and a Master’s Degree in Sociology (University of Oxford) . His research examines topics in political sociology, comparative historical sociology, and history, and is substantively concerned with the socio-political consequences of imperialism for contemporary nation-states. His postdoctoral research project will examine the long-term development of nationalism in the major Eurasian land-based empires that were never formally colonized.

Juliette Crespin-Boucaud

Juliette has a PhD and a Master’s Degree in Economics (Paris School of Economics). Her research stands at the intersection of development economics, family economics, economic history, and political science. She is especially interested in understanding the formation of ethnic identities, with a regional focus on Africa. Before joining EHNICGOODS, she worked as a Project Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Chun-Ying Wu

Chun-Ying has a Ph.D in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include ethnic politics, political behavior, and political regimes. Currently, he is working on several co-authored projects that analyze ethnic conflicts in three Southeast Asian countries (Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines), symbolic versus pragmatic political attitudes in Taiwan, political values of Southeast and East Asian citizens, and how minority language recognition affects political trust of linguistic minority people in dictatorships.

The Research Assistants

Andrei Tarasov is a PhD and Doctor Europaeus in International Security from the School of International Studies (University of Trento, Italy). He has research interests in nationalism and regionalism studies, including regionalist parties’ studies and the role of political communication in secessionist processes.

PhD candidate on Citizenship and Human Rights at the University of Barcelona, Guest Assistant Professor ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute and Researcher at the V-Dem Regional Centre for Southern Europe.

After collaborating with Ethnic Goods Guillem is currently working at the Sustainable Development Advisory Council linked to the Generalitat de Catalunya. He is finishing his PhD at UPF titled “The political dynamics of technological change”.

Hana holds a BA in Modern History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a MA in International Security from IBEI, with her final thesis comparing levels of co-optation of feminist organizations by nationalist concerns and the wider nationalist movements in Catalonia, Scotland, and the Basque country.  Her main research interests include nationalism, ethnic conflict, memory studies and gender studies.

Currently studying for a Master’s in International Development at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.

Marcel is a multi-industrial political analyst with a MA in International Security. His thesis explored insurgencies in multi-ethnic states, focusing on secessionist movements in Indonesia. His academic and professional focus includes human-centered approaches, with inquiries into post-conflict governance, border-nationalism, and political identities.

Jan obtained degrees in political science and law from the University of Münster, Germany, where he also worked as Research Assistant at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He moved to Barcelona to pursue a Research Master’s in international studies at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). His main research interests include ethnic politics and conflict.

Rusudan is an Events and Programs Manager at the Council for European Studies and Dissemination and Outreach Officer for the SECUREU (Securitization of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities and the Rise of Xenophobia in the EU) project. She is also a PhD student at the Department of War Studies at Swedish Defence University.

Shahal is a PhD candidate of Political & Social Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. Recipient of two international awards this year for his novel thesis paper on federations with a colonial history, Shahal also works at IBEI as a Teaching Assistant for ‘Comparative Politics & Democratization’. His work ranges from federalism, nationalism, to state-formation and ethnic-relation.