Dr Ellie Knott

Dr Ellie Knott

Assistant Professor in Qualitative Methods

Department of Methodology

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Identity, Citizenship, Post-Soviet politics, Qualitative research

About me

"My favourite piece of research is my book Kin Majorities (McGill University Press). Published in 2022, it's a culmination of over 10 years of work - from qualitative fieldwork in Crimea and Moldova in 2012 and 2013 to final publication"
- Dr Ellie Knott discusses her favourite piece of research as part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations. Read the full close-up with Methodology faculty.


Eleanor Knott is an Assistant Professor in Qualitative Methods in the Department of Methodology. She received her PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics in 2016.                       

Research Interests

Eleanor’s current and substantive research focuses on the politics of citizenship and identity in post-Soviet space and beyond. In particular, she is interested in everyday nationalism and studying the meaning and practice of citizenship from the bottom-up.

In 2022, she published Kin Majorities: Identity and Citizenship in Crimea and Moldova with McGill-Queen’s University Press. She has published articles in Perspectives on PoliticsInternational Studies ReviewQualitative ResearchJournal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesCitizenship Studies and Democratization, among others.

Eleanor’s next research projects examine the meaning and practice of EU citizenship for EU27 citizens during the process of Brexit, and the relationship between citizenship, democratization, and democratic backsliding.

Methodologically, Eleanor has also written on qualitative research and ethics of research. More broadly, her methodological interests include combining bottom-up methods (e.g. interviews with ordinary people and ethnography) and a comparative multi-sited or multi-method research design.

For more information, visit eleanorknott.com

Expertise Details

kin-state politics; ethnic politics; nationalism; citizenship; post-Soviet politics; Crimea; Moldova; qualitative methods; interpretive methods; comparative politics; interviews; research ethics