Dr. des. Karina Shyrokykh


Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Maria-Theresia-Straße 21
D-81675 München
Website (privat)


Roads to Human Rights: Assessing the Effects of the EU Human Rights Promotion in the Former Soviet Republics [abgeschlossen]


Since the early 1990s, the European Union (EU) has been actively involved in fostering democratic transition of the former communist states of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), as well as the post-Soviet states. The transition of CEE states was much affected by the EU membership conditionality, whereas the states of the post-Soviet region were not subjected to it. Instead, other foreign policy instruments have been applied. Such instruments include coercion, diplomatic measures, assistance, etc. Yet important questions still remains unanswered, e.g., whether (and if so, to what extent and under what conditions) positive and negative incentives, diplomatic suasion, or some combination thereof can best promote domestic change? As new challenges emerge in the region, the question of the most effective strategies of engagement with the region is now relevant and urgent as never before. My doctoral project aims to answer this question by means of large-N analysis on newly collected data covering a quarter-century-long history of the EU-FSRs relations.

Poster presentation of the project (June 2016; pdf)


Akademische Tätigkeiten


Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (Munich, Germany)

thesis defense / viva voce


Visiting scholar at Political Science Department at Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden)


Visiting scholar at the Centre for Comparative and International Studies, ETH Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)

2013 – 2017

Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (Munich, Germany)
Doctoral student and teaching assistant (thesis submitted in November 2016)


Stockholm University, Department of Political Science (Stockholm, Sweden) Research and teaching assistant within Transdemos and Transaccess projects


Uppsala University, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Uppsala, Sweden) Research assistant


Since November 2013

PhD candidate at LMU Munich, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

September 2011 – June 2013

Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden): International Master Program in Political Science (with focus on global governance)

September 2009 – June 2010

Central European University (Budapest, Hungary):  Master Program in Nationalism Studies (with focus on identity and national movements)

September 2007 – June 2008

International Solomon University (Kyiv, Ukraine): Master Program in Philosophy (with focus on history of political thought)

September 2003 – June 2007

International Solomon University (Kyiv, Ukraine): Bachelor Program in Philosophy


My research interests include human rights, post-communist transition, democratization, foreign policy of the European Union, international organizations, and legitimacy of external governance. Another area of interest relates to political science methodology and includes time-series, panel data and big data analyses including automated text analysis.

Research experience

January – June 2013: Stockholm University, Department of Political Science (Stockholm, Sweden)

Research assistant within the research area European human rights and European integration. Responsibilities: (a) data collection and analysis with a focus on international courts’ decisions and taken measures; (b) data collection and analysis on allocation of European structural funds; (c) attending seminars and workshops on IR

June – October 2011: Uppsala University, Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Uppsala, Sweden)

Research assistant. Responsibilities: (a) data collection and analysis for a dataset of the post-Soviet states’ situation; (b) editing of the book Bodin, P., Hedlund, S., Namli, E (eds.) Power and Legitimacy - Challenges from Russia; (c) planning and organizing conferences, applying for grants

January – May 2011: Uppsala University, Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Uppsala, Sweden)

Trainee. Responsibilities: (a) data collection and analysis for a dataset of the post-Soviet states’ situation; (b) assisting researchers with data collection and translations at the Centre

Additional Academic Experience

February 2014

ECPR Winter School on Research Methods in Social Science

April 18-19, 2013

Discussant at a workshop on the impact of the Eurocrisis on EU policy-making, panel on European Foreign   policy, Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden)

March 2013

Giving tutorials on Human Rights and Foreign Policy within the course on Human rights at Stockholm University (undergraduate level) (Stockholm, Sweden)

November   2010

Transparency International course: Corruption – A Key Ethical Challenge. Course provided by Transparency International Sweden (Stockholm, Sweden)



Research and trip graduate grants from Central European University


Full Scholarship for graduate studies at Central European University


Graduate scholarship for academic excellence at International Solomon University


Undergraduate partial scholarships for academic excellence at International Solomon University

Curriculum Vitae (September 2016; pdf)




2013. Norm Diffusion in Sporting Organizations. The Case of Sport for Development and Peace.

2010. Jewish Politics in Austrian Bukovina: Czernowitz Yiddish Conference 1908 (MA thesis)

Artikel in Fachzeitschriften

2016. Effects and side effects of European Union assistance on the former Soviet republics. In: Democratization (online: 15 Jul 2016, pp. 1-19).

2011. Why does Leo Strauss read the works of Maimonides? On the connection between modern and medieval political philosophy. In: Journal of Ukrainian Orientalistics, special issue on Jewish Studies.


2012. In Defense of Liberal-Pluralism by Upendra Chidella, Parameshwar Rama Bhat and Vikram Singh Sirola. In: CEU Political Science Journal 7(1).

2011. Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy by Bonnie Honig. In: CEU Political Science Journal 6(2).


Karina Shyrokykh