Emma Ricknell

Emma Ricknell

Doctoral student
Department of Political Science Faculty of Social Sciences
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My dissertation focuses on the death penalty in the U.S., with emphasis on legislative developments over time at state level. I am part of the research environment Varieties of Political Representation (VPR).

Selected for the 2019 inaugural class of Tom Carsey Scholars by the APSA State Politics and Policy Conference held at the University of Maryland.

I also conduct research on online communities, where I am particularly interested in understanding connections between technology, extremism and nihilism.

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.


I have taught on the following courses:

  • Svensk och jämförande politik (Statsvetenskap I)
  • Internationell politik (Statsvetenskap I)
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights in Historical, Philosophical and Theoretical Perspective
  • European Human Rights Law
  • The Law of Sustainable Development
  • International Law
  • Oral Presentation Skills


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