Tudi Kernalegenn

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Fall 2018 Visiting Fellow in European Studies
230 Prospect St. Rm 203

Dr. Tudi KERNALEGENN research focuses on territorial politics and political parties with a qualitative and comparative approach, and expertise on French, British and Spanish politics. He received is PhD from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Rennes (France), with a dissertation on “A Cognitive Approach to Regionalism. Regional identities, territories, social movements in Brittany, Scotland and Galicia in the 1970s”. He demonstrated that the region is not only a social construction but also a cognitive tool for addressing social issues on a territorial basis. The region is therefore a resource as much as a given or a project. He recently edited two books, with Prof. Romain Pasquier, on 30 ans de démocratie régionale. Des régions pour quoi faire ? (Berger-Levrault, 2018) and on L’Union démocratique bretonne. Un parti autonomiste dans un État unitaire (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2014), as well as published Histoire de l’écologie en Bretagne (Goater, 2014). He has held fellowships at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) and Université de Lausanne (Switzerland).

After having studied the nation-state nexus from below, with a regional perspective, his postdoctoral research, “Being a politically active emigrant. The commitment of emigrants in home politics: a comparative analysis”, studies it from “abroad”. He carries it out thanks to a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship, at the Institut de sciences politiques Louvain-Europe (ISPOLE), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He compares three expatriate populations, French, Spanish and British, in three receiving countries, Switzerland, the USA and China. The focus of the research is the motivations, representations and strategies of politically active emigrants in branches of home political parties abroad. At Yale, Dr. Kernalegenn will carry out his American fieldwork, observing meetings and events, doing interviews with activists, understanding networks and monitoring online communication. He will also write a more general paper on the functions of political parties abroad.

Most recent peer-reviewed articles:

- “Les régions contre l’État ? Capacité politique et fragmentation territoriale en Europe”, Droit et société n° 98, 2018, p. 71-89 (with Romain Pasquier).

- “Les gauches alternatives à la découverte des régions dans les années 1968”, Revue Historique n°685, 2018, p. 147-166.

- “Le régionalisme. Quelques pistes théoriques pour une analyse cognitive”, Civitas Europa n°38, 2017, p. 59-84.

Fields of Interest: 
Comparative politics; Nations and nationalism; Territorial and regional politics; Migrations and transnationalism; Political parties; Green politics; France, Spain and United Kingdom; Qualitative methodologies