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Liliana Riga

Liliana Riga
Dr Liliana Riga
Senior Lecturer
6.24 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh SCOTLAND EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 651 1853


Ph.D. Sociology (McGill University)

M.A. Political Science (Columbia University)

B.A. Political Science (University of California, Berkeley)


  • 'Refugees and Humanitarianism' (Honours)


  • political and historical sociology
  • refugees / migration and humanitarianism
  • nationalism and civil society

Select Publications


(up-coming) Contestations of American Nationhood: Race, Immigration, Civil Society

(up-coming) Refugeedom and Our Moral Selves

(forthcoming, 2021) L. Riga, et al. Young Refugees and Forced Displacement: Navigating Everyday Life in Beirut Routledge

2012 [2014, pbk] The Bolsheviks and the Russian Empire New York: Cambridge University Press. (Chinese Edition forthcoming, Zhejiang University Press)

Select articles / chapters

(forthcoming) 'America's left behind? Populist nationalism, white interiorities and the racialisation of rage' (Review Essay) Nations and Nationalism

2020. L. Riga, J. Langer, A. Dakessian. 'Theorizing Refugeedom: Becoming Young Political Subjects in Beirut' Theory and Society 49: 709-744

2019. 'How Homogenous Need America be? Nation, Race and Civility' in F. Duina (ed) Hallsian Perspectives on Nation and States, Powers and Civility University of Toronto Press

2016. 'Ethnicity, class and the social sources of U.S. exceptionalism' in Ralph Schroeder (ed) Global Powers: Mann’s Anatomy of the 20th Century and Beyond Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

2016. L. Riga and J.A. Hall. 'Jewish Conditions, Theories of Nationalism: Cartographical Notes' Nations and Nationalism 22(2): 371-390

2015. 'Ernest Gellner and the Land of the Soviets' Special Issue of Thesis Eleven 128(1): 100-112

2012. L. Riga and J. Kennedy. ''Putting Cruelty First': War Crimes as Human Rights in US Policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina' Sociology 46(5): 861-75

2009. L. Riga and J. Kennedy. 'Tolerant majorities, loyal minorities and 'ethnic reversals': constructing minority rights at Versailles 1919' Nations and Nationalism 15(3): 461-482

2008/9. 'The Ethnic Roots of Class Universalism: Rethinking the 'Russian' Revolutionary Elite' American Journal of Sociology 114(3): 649-705. Winner of 2009 Honorable Mention Award for Best Article in Comparative Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association

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PhD in Sociology