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Dr. Elina (Schleutker) Sannehag: Lecturer

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Elina (Schleutker) Sannehag studied Political Science at Uppsala University (Sweden), and conducted her PhD-studies at Heidelberg University. Before she joined the Governance-team here at the UCF, she worked at the Department of Political Science at the University of Freiburg.

As a Lecturer she mainly teaches in the Major Governance.



Room: 01012 (across the courtyard)

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Short Vita

  • Since 2015: Lecturer, Governance Major, University College Freiburg.
  • 2010-2015: Teaching and research at the Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg.
  • 2007-2012: PhD in Political Sciences, Heidelberg University.
  • 2002-2007: Degree of Master of Political Sciences, Uppsala University.       


Academic Interests

My current research focuses on the cross-country differences in regulation of religion. In particular, I am interested in how religious actors are treated in the authoritarian countries. Previously I have also published articles on family policy, fertility and women’s preferences in the contemporary welfare states.

In my role as a lecturer I have more than 1000 hours of classroom experience from academic teaching, covering topics from introductory courses in comparative politics to courses on the relationship between religion and politics, demography and the welfare state, regions in the EU and political theory. Many of these courses are directly related to my research.

In my teaching, I always aim to take a hands-on approach to theoretical questions. For example, in the Comparative Politics-course here at the UCF, I encourage the students to conduct their own research to learn about the cross-country differences in politics, policies and polities. Further, in the introductory course in Western Political Theory, the students learn in a PBL-setting, and apply the theories to current topics in daily politics.

Selected Publications

  • Schleutker, E. (2019). Discrimination against Religious Minorities. In:Journal of Church and State 61(2): 282-307.

  • Schleutker, E. (2017). Women’s Work-Life Preferences: Reconceptualization and Cross-country Description over Time. In: European Societies 19(3): 292-312.
  • Schleutker, E. (2016). A Note on the Determinants of the Regulation of Religion. In: Politics and Religion 9: 744-770.
  • Schleutker E. (2014). Determinants of Childbearing: A Review of the Literature. In: Zeitschrift für Soziologie 43(3): 192-211.
  • Schleutker E. (2014). Fertility, Family Policy and Welfare Regimes. In: Comparative Population Studies – Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft 39(1): 123-156.