Aline-Sophia Hirseland

Doctoral Researcher


  • Short CV

    • Since 02/2020: Research Fellow at the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM)

    • 06/2017 - 08/2017: Freelance expert for ACQUIN

    • Since 10/2015: Doctoral Student at the GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • Since 05/2015: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, research project "Ethnic Voting in Latin America"

    • 06/2015 - 08/2015: Freelance expert, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

    • 01/2012 - 04/2015: Research Assistant, Camino gGmbH, Berlin

    • 5/2011 - 12/2011: Freelance consultant, Berghof Foundation Operations GmbH, Berlin

    • 04/2011 - 09/2011: Chair for Methods of Empirical Research Methods, Department of Sociology, University of Potsdam

    • 01/2010 - 04/2010: intern at GIZ, Programme for Decentralized Governance in Support of the National Poverty Reduction Strategy (PADEP), La Paz. DAAD Scholar

    • 2007 - 2011: Freelance journalist for various print and online media

    • Education: Political Sciences, Latin American Studies, Islamic Sciences (Master of Arts) at University of Potsdam, Freie Universität Berlin, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz. DAAD scholar. Training as a Peace and Conflict Consultant, Academy for Conflict Transformation, Forum Civil Peace Service

    Current Research

    • Political integration of social groups

    • Electoral behavior

    • Democratic values

    • Social conflicts

    Countries and Regions

    • Latin America

    • Caribbean

    • Bolivia

    • Guyana

    • Suriname


    Dissertation

    • The Decline of Ethnicization? Ethnic Voting and Ethnic Politics in Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico

    Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies | 2019

    ‘We Were Forgotten’: Explaining Ethnic Voting in Bolivia’s Highlands and Lowlands

    Aline-Sophia Hirseland

    Doctoral Researcher

    Prof. Dr. Oliver Strijbis

    Formerly Associate

    Research Project | 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021

    Presidents Who Die Too Soon and Presidents Who Live Too Long. Term Limits and Succession in Presidential and Semi-Presidential Regimes

    This cooperation project researches two important rules defining the presidential mandates, i.e. presidential term limits and succession rules, and their intersection in the presidential regimes of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.
    DAAD/PPP, 2019-2021

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 03/01/2020

    Latin America facing unrest and demands for change

    RBB Inforadio | Interview | 22/11/2019

    Unruhen in Bolivien: "Morales hat keine Nachfolger zugelassen"

    Speaker | 24/05/2019

    The Political Integration of Muslim Asian Immigrants in Guyana and Suriname

    Conference 24/05/2019

    Aline-Sophia Hirseland

    Doctoral Researcher

    Speaker | 23/05/2018

    Voto Consigna. The Effect of Vote Buying on the Electoral Behaviour of Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia

    Conference 23/05/2018

    In Panel 358 "Inclusion by Representation: The Political representation of
    excluded groups in Latin American Legislative Houses".

    Aline-Sophia Hirseland

    Doctoral Researcher

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