About me

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My name is Jessica Giandomenico. I am a political analyst, affiliated to the Institute for Russian-and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at Uppsala University and I am taking up the post as Head of analysis and research at Earhart Agency. I have a PhD in political science from Uppsala university.

My main research interests are the Western Balkans, the European union, external attempts to social change, and how actors and institutions affect each other over time.

In addition I am interested in elections, power, institutionalism, security policy, hybrid states, geopolitics and the wider Eastern Europe.

I have worked as an analyst for the European Union Monitoring Mission in the Western Balkans, and thus have first hand knowledge of the region in addition to my research experience.

I’m a Swede living in Italy, giving me perspective on issues regarding citizenship, cultural differences, and in- and out-groups. And food. In addition to my interests in politics I like food. Especially locally grown, traditionally cooked, following the seasonal shifts.




Peer reviewed publications

“EU Conditionality as a Transforming Power in Macedonia: Evidence from Electoral Management”, in Elbasani, Arolda (ed) European Integration and Transformation in the Western Balkans: Europeanization or Business as Usual?, Routledge 2013

“Path Dependency In EU enlargement: Macedonia’s Candidate Status from a Historical Institutionalist Perspective”, European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol 14, No 1, 2009


Transformative Power Challenged, EU Membership Conditionality in the Western Balkans Revisited, Phd thesis, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015   (Buy here)

Power Asymmetry Revisited: Reconciling EU Foreign Policy Goals and Enlargement Conditionality in the Western Balkans,, Swedish Licentiate thesis, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013

Book Reviews

Negotiations in the Council of Ministers: ‘and all must have prizes’, East European Politics, Vol 33, No 3, 2017

Other publications

Balkan: Vinglig färd mot väst, Analysis in the series Världspolitikens Dagsfrågor, September 2017, Utrikespolitiska Institutet

Dramatiskt maktiskifte i Makedonien, Analysis in Utrikesmagasinet, online June 2017

Macedonian Elections 2016: The painful turnover of power, Election analysis on Baltic Worlds, online May 2017

“Oriktigt, falskt, grundlöst” Co-written op-ed in Swedish Daily newspaper Upsala Nya Tidning, 17 Feb 2017

“Makt, relationer och samhällen i förändring” Guestblog on power, relations and changing societies, at Swedish political science blog Politologerna, February 2017

“Elections in Montenegro: The long reign of Milo Djukanović coming to an end?”, Election analysis in Baltic Worlds, online January 2017

“Elections in Serbia April 2016: The game that backfired”, Election analysis in Baltic Worlds, online May 2016

EU riskerar ett politiskt fiasko på Balkan”, Debattartikel, Svenska Dagbladet 25 December 2015 (in English here)