Youth and Politics

This strand of my research contributes to our understanding of how regimes deal with youth in a discursive manner and how young people take to the streets looking at key moments of crisis in Europe. I have published several articles and a book on the topic. In November 2018 I organised the Conference “Youth Mobilization and Political Change. Participation, Values, and Policies Between East and West” [Conference report]. In September 2019, Nina Frieß and I organised the conference “Memory as a Dialogue? History for Young People” [Conference report].


Youth in Regime Crisis: Comparative Perspectives from Russia to Weimar Germany, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
reviewed in Slavic Review, Perspectives on Politics, Democratization


Remembering a Contentious Past: Resistance and Collaboration in the Former Soviet Union, East European Politics & Societies, 2021 (online first).

Legitimate Political Demands? How Young Russians of Different Political Orientation Assess Protests, Youth & Globalization, 2:2/2020, pp. 137-62.

Which History Matters? Surveying Russian Youth and Their Understanding of the Past, Problems of Post-Communism, 2020 (online first).

Political Mobilisation and Discourse Networks: A New Youth and the Breakdown of the Soviet Union, Europe-Asia Studies, 69:10/2017, pp. 1626-61.

Fallen Vanguard and Vanished Rebels? Political Youth Involvement in Extraordinary Times, in East European Youth Cultures in a Global World, edited by Matthias Schwartz and Heike Winkel, pp. 177-201, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Komsomol, “Naši” und Informelle. Jugendmobilisierung in Russland, Osteuropa 63:11–12/2013, pp. 137–50.

Book Reviews

Mickiewicz, Ellen No Illusions: The Voices of Russia’s Future Leaders, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 255p., in Political Studies Review 4/2016.

Pickard, Sarah/Nativel, Corinne/Portier-Le Cocq, Fabienne (eds.) Les politiques de jeunesse au Royaume-Uni et en France. Désaffection, répression, et accompagnement à la citoyenneté, Paris: Presses Sorbonne nouvelle, 2012, 271 p., in Agora débats/jeunesses 67:2/2014, pp. 140–1.

Ziemer, Ulrike (2011) Ethnic Belonging, Gender, and Cultural Practices. Youth Identities in Contemporary Russia, Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2011, 250 p., in Europe Asia Studies 65:10/2013, pp. 2024–26.

Casula, Philipp Hegemonie und Populismus in Putins Russland. Eine Analyse des russischen politischen Diskurses, Bielefeld: transcript, 2012, 350 p., in Osteuropa 63:7/2013, pp. 212–213


Poland’s Viral Election, ZOiS Spotlight, 18/2020, 06.05.2020. Also available in German.

World War II for Young Russians: The Production and Reception of History, ZOiS Report 01/2020, with Nina Frieß, April 2020.

Artistic Tastes and Socio-Political Values of Young Russians, ZOiS Spotlight, 9/2020, 04.03.2020. Also available in German.

Youth in Belarus: Outlook on Life and Political Attitudes, ZOiS Report 05/2019, October 2019.

Youth in Poland: Outlook on Life and Political Attitudes, ZOiS Report 04/2019, September 2019.

Young Russians are increasingly prepared to protest, Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, 24.09.2019.

Young Russians Are Losing Trust in Putin’s Regime and Thinking of Leaving the Country, The Conversation, 06.09.2019, with Gwendolyn Sasse.

One out of Five Russians Wants to Leave the Country. Here’s Who They Are, The Washington Post – Monkey Cage, 12.08.2019, with Gwendolyn Sasse.

What Does Europe Mean for Young Poles, ZOiS Spotlight, 20/2019, 22.05.2019. Also available in German.

Historical loyalty? Russian youth and its assessment of history, ZOiS Spotlight, 39/2018, 14.11.2018. Also available in German.

Youth in Russia: Outlook on Life and Political Attitudes, ZOiS Report 01/2018, with Gwendolyn Sasse, June 2018.

Russische Jugend zwischen Rebellion und Integration, Russland-Analysen, 341, 06.10.2017.

Немецкие эксперты о протестном движении в РФ и роли Навального, Deutsche Welle Russia, 07.07.2017.

Enraged young Russians?, ZOiS Spotlight 08/2017, 03.05.2017. Also available in German.

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