Jo Saglie has a dr.polit. degree in political science (2000), and has worked at the Institute for Social Research since 1999. He has also been an adjunct researcher at the Sámi University College, Kautokeino, and co-editor of Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning (Norwegian Journal of Social Research).
His main research interests include local elections and local democracy, the Sámi Parliament in Norway and indigenous politics in general, as well as political parties. His publications include the book Indigenous politics: Institutions, representation, mobilisation (2015, co-edited with Mikkel Berg-Nordlie and Ann Sullivan).