Sokol Lleshi, PhD

Sokol Lleshi is a Lecturer of Politics at the University of New York Tirana. He researches political projects of breaking with the past in post-socialist Eastern Europe, processes of institutional emergence, and effects of EU political conditionality. His most recent publications have appeared in European Politics and Society, Sage Research Methods Cases and Stan Rzeczy/State of Affairs: Social Theory East Central Europe issued by Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw.



  • PhD in Political Science, (comparative politics track)Central European University, Hungary (2015)
  • M.A. in Political Science, (certificate in social and political theory) Central European University, Hungary (2007)
  • B.A. in Political Science/International Relations and European Studies, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria (2006)


Areas of Expertise:

Comparative politics, political sociology, memory politics, qualitative methodology


Subjects taught at UNYT:

Bachelor: Introduction to Political Science, Classics of Political Thought, Comparative Politics
Master, IR: Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism, Classics of Political Thought, Comparative Politics


Previous Teaching & Research Experiences:

  • University of Tirana (2007-2009);Central European University (Teaching Assistant 2011-2012);
  • European University of Tirana (2016-2018);
  • Global Teaching Fellowship, Mandalay University, Myanmar (Visiting Lecturer, December 2016)


Author, co-author, and editor of:

Lleshi, S. (2019). Reconstructing the past in a state-mandated historical memory institute: the case of Albania. European Politics and Society. DOI: 10.1080/23745118.2019.164542
Lleshi, S. (2019) “Doing field-research in state-mandated historical memory institutions: Institutional access and researchers’ liminality” SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2. DOI: 10.4135/9781526465627
 Lleshi, S., and Starova, T. (2017) Special Issue Sociology under state socialism “The autonomization of the cultural field in late socialist Albania and the emergence of early sociological research” Stan Rzezcy (13)Institute of Sociology, Poland.
 Lleshi, S. (2018)“Legitimating the democratic state in post-communist Romania: Memory as a cultural good” New Europe College Yearbook, Bucharest, Romania.
Lleshi, S. (2017) “Normative incongruence between the EU norms and the Albanian political elite: Explaining the limited effectiveness of EU democratic conditionality” Study Group Information Publication PfP Consortium, Vienna, Austria


Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

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