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Michael Johns

Michael Johns

Adjunct Professor


My research and teaching interests involve questions surrounding minority rights in the European Union. Specifically, I am interested in how European states integrate and accomodate their national minorities and intra-EU migrants and what role the European Union plays in helping to facilitate this. I also teach courses on issues that impact levels of social cohesion such as electoral systems, immigration policies and federalism. Currently I am a member of the Executive for the Centre on Canadian-Russian Relations and I am a member of the International Advisory Board for the Minorities at Risk (MAR) project. In 2012 I was part of the Canadian Mission to Ukraine to monitor their parliamentary elections.


  • PHD University of Maryland- College Park. Government and Politics
  • MA University of Maryland- College Park. Government and Politics
  • MSc. London School of Economics. Comparative Politics

Academic Appointments

Vice Dean of Arts 2012 to present.

Chair- Department of Political Science 2013 to present

Associate Member- Sociology MA


My areas of research include: Comparative Politics, International Relations, European Union, Minorities and Migration, Ethnic Conflict, EU-Russia Relations. Currently I am working on issues surrounding the role of local communities in the development of intra-EU migration networks.


  • Honourary Research Fellow- Cardiff University School of European Languages Translation and Politics. 2011-2013


Fall 2014. POLI 4506: Comparative Federalism

Winter 2015. POLI 1107: Understanding World Political Problems

Winter 2015. POLI 3266: Elections and Electoral Systems


Recent Sample Publications

  • The New Minorities of Europe; Social Cohesion in the European Union (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014)
  • Russia After 2012: From Putin to Medvedev to Putin- Continuity, Change or Revolution? co-edited with J. Larry Black (London: Routledge Press, 2013)
  • "Post-Accession Polish Migration in Ireland and Britain: Challenges and Obstacles to Integration" European Journal of Migration and Law  Vol.15, No.1 (2013): 29-45
  • "Under-Appreciated, Under-Employed and Potentially Unwelcome: The Long-Term Future of Polish Migrants in Ireland and Britain" in ed. Willem Maas, Democratic Citizenship and the Free Movement of People (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Press, 2013)
  • "Quiet Diplomacy, the European Union and Conflict Prevention: Learning from the HCNM on Issues of Social Cohesion" International Journal on Minority and Group Rights Vol.19, No.3 (2012): 243-265