Faculty of Social
and Economic Sciences
Comenius University Bratislava

Karen Henderson

Karen Henderson joined the Institute at the end of 2013 after many years of collaboration when based as an academic in the UK. She was previously Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester, where she had worked since 1990.

Karen has written widely on both the domestic politics of the Slovak Republic and EU eastern enlargement, focusing in particular on Euroscepticism and the influence of domestic politics on EU decision making. She is also a frequent commentator on UK politics for the Slovak media. 

She chaired the Scientific Committee of the European Science Foundation’s Forward Look ‘Central and Eastern Europe beyond Transition: Convergence and Divergence in Europe’ (2009-2011); led the Jean Monnet module ‘EU Enlargement and Democratic Consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe’ (2010-2013); and was awarded a Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship to conduct the project ‘Teaching and Researching Europeanisation’ at the Institute in 2008. She has acted as external examiner for PhD degrees at, among other institutions, the University of London, the University of Oxford and the University of Sussex.

Comparative Politics - Principles (BA level);
EU Policies (MA level)
EU Enlargement and Democratic Consolidation (MA level);
Research Seminar for PhD students.

Selected publications


The Black Sea and EU Policy: The Challenge of Divergent Agendas (editor, with Carol Weaver), (London: Ashgate, 2010), pp. i-xxii, 1-173.

 The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice in the Enlarged Europe (editor), (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005), pp. i-xix, 1-175.

Slovakia: The Escape from Invisibility (London: Routledge, 2002), pp. i-xix, 1-140.

Back to Europe: Central and Eastern Europe and the European Union (editor), (London: UCL Press, 1999), pp. i-xix, 1-307.

Post-Communist Politics: An Introduction (with Neil Robinson), (London: Prentice Hall, 1997), pp. i-xxiii, 1-424.

 Journal articles

‘Euroscepticism and the ‘missing left’: The Slovak case study’, Czech Journal of Political Science, 2017/3, 2017, pp. 229-48.

‘Between Euroscepticism and Eurosupport: the attituudes of urban and rural populations in Poland 2000-2008’ (with I. Surwillo & G. Lazaridis) in Europe-Asia Studies, 62/9, 2010, pp. 1503-25.

‘EU Accession and the New Slovak Consensus’, West European Politics, 27/4 (2004), pp. 652-70.

Book chapters

‘The EU Migration Crisis and the Visegrad Four’, in Central and South-Eastern Europe 2017 (Routledge: London, 2016), pp. 3-6.

‘Exceptionalism or convergence?  Euroscepticism and party systems in Central and Eastern Europe’ in A. Szczerbiak & P. Taggart (eds), The Comparative Party Politics of Euroscepticism, Vol. 2, Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives (Oxford: OUP, 2008), pp. 277-94.