Emma Ricknell

Emma Ricknell

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Political Science Faculty of Social Sciences
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During 2023-2024 I have a postdoc position within the knowledge environment A Questioned Democracy (En ifrågasatt demokrati).

My dissertation, which I defended in 2021, focuses on the death penalty in the U.S., with emphasis on legislative developments over time at state level. I also do research on online communities and social media. I am part of the research environment Linnaeus University Research Group on Political Behavior, Opinion and Parties (LNU-POP).

During 2016 I worked as a part-time research assistant on the project Decreased ideological polarization and conflict in Western Europe? (MIPOK), which is a collaboration between Linnaeus University and the University of Gothenburg, financed by the Swedish Research Council.

I have a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Gothenburg and master's degree in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, UK. I also have a degree in Journalism from the University of Gothenburg, as well as a degree in Peace- and Conflict Studies from my alma mater, Umeå University.

Before embarking on my PhD studies, I worked as a paralegal at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in San Francisco, serving indigent men and women under sentence of death in California.


  • Selected for the 2019 inaugural class of Tom Carsey Scholars by the APSA State Politics and Policy Conference held at the University of Maryland.
  • Winner of best paper award in Swedish political science journal Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift 2019
  • Named Teacher of the Year by the Linnaeus University student union 2021


I have for example taught on the following courses:

  • Politiska idéer (Statsvetenskap I)
  • Svensk och jämförande politik (Statsvetenskap I)
  • Internationell politik (Statsvetenskap I)
  • Political Analysis (Statsvetenskap III)
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights in Historical, Philosophical and Theoretical Perspective
  • European Human Rights Law
  • The Law of Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability and Multilevel Governance
  • International Law
  • Oral Presentation Skills


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Conference paper (Refereed)

Chapter in book (Refereed)

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Conference paper (Other academic)

Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)

Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))