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Janika Spannagel

Spannagel-Katy Otto 2021(5)

Freie Universität Berlin

Postdoctoral Researcher, Project "Science Friction: Patterns, Causes and Effects of Academic Freedom Contestations"

Ihnestraße 26
14195 Berlin

Janika Spannagel is a postdoctoral researcher at Freie Universität Berlin and the International Research College (IRC) at the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Scripts (SCRIPTS)". She is in the process of completing her doctoral degree in political science at the University of Freiburg with a dissertation on the international protection of human rights defenders. Her current work focuses on the diffusion and contestation of academic freedom norms. She is also a non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute, where she co-developed the Academic Freedom Index prior to her position at FU Berlin. For her work and studies she has received various scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Mercator Foundation.

Research Interests

  • Democratization and Autocratization
  • Academic Freedom
  • Human Rights and Political Repression
  • International and Transnational Relations

Current Research projects at SCRIPTS

Janika Spannagel is part of the project "Science Friction: Patterns, Causes and Effects of Academic Freedom Contestations" as a postdoctoral researcher.

Book Chapters

Spannagel, J. 2020: "The perks and hazards of data sources on academic freedom: An inventory”, in:  Kinzelbach K. (Ed.), Researching academic freedom: Guidelines and sample case studies, Erlangen: FAU University Press, pp. 175–221.

Spannagel, J. 2020: “Erklärung zu Menschenrechtsverteidigern (1998).” [engl: Declaration on human rights defenders (1998)], in: Stahl, D. (Ed.), Quellen zur Geschichte der Menschenrechte: Bd. 2 Kommentierte Schlüsseltexte, Göttingen: Wallstein, pp. 369–385.

Spannagel, J. 2020: “Measuring academic freedom across the world: Insights from a new exploratory project”, in: Noorda, S., Scott, P. & Vukasovic, M. (Eds.), Bologna process beyond 2020: Fundamental values of the EHEA, Bologna: Bononia University Press, pp. 27–33.

Kinzelbach, K. & Spannagel, J. 2018: “New ways to address an old problem: Political repression”, in: Rodríguez-Garavito, C. & Gomez, K. (Eds.), Rising to the populist challenge, Bogotá: Dejusticia, pp. 185–196.

Journal Articles

Kinzelbach, K., Saliba, I. & Spannagel, J. (2021): “Global data on the freedom indispensable for scientific research: Towards a reconciliation of academic reputation and academic freedom” in: The International Journal of Human Rights (published online ahead of print 7 December).

Spannagel, J. 2019: “Ereignisdaten: Irrlichter in der Erfassung menschenrechtlicher Trends” [engl: Events data: Will-o'-wisps in the documentation of human rights trends], in: Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte, 13:1, pp. 7–26.

Other Publications

Kinzelbach, K. & Spannagel, J. (2021): “Die Vermessung von Wissenschaftsfreiheit - Ergebnisse und Hintergründe des Academic Freedom Index” [engl: Assessing academic freedom – Results and background of the Academic Freedom Index], in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 71:46, pp. 34–41.

Spannagel, J. (2021): “UN action on reprisals: Towards greater impact. A quantitative analysis of the scope and impact of UN action on intimidation and reprisals through the lens of the Secretary-General’s annual reports”, Geneva: ISHR.

Spannagel, J. et al (2020): “The Academic Freedom Index and other new indicators relating to academic space: An introduction”, University of Gothenburg, V-Dem Users’ Working Papers series.

Spannagel, J. (2019): “The Effectiveness of individual casework on human rights defenders: An empirical study of the UN Special Procedure cases 2004–2015”, University of York, Human Rights Defender Hub Working Papers series.

Spannagel, J. (2017): “Chasing shadows. A quantitative analysis of the scope and impact of UN communications on human rights defenders (2000–2016)”, Berlin: GPPi.