Amel Ahmed specializes in the history of democracy in the 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing on the origins of electoral institutions. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and is currently an assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her book, Democracy and the Politics of Electoral System Choice: Engineering Electoral Dominance (Forthcoming with Cambridge University Press) investigates the determinants of institutional choice in early democracies. Other interests include historical methods, political economy, and democratic theory.
Şener Aktürk received both his B.A. (double major in Political Science and International Studies) and his first M.A. (Committee of International Relations) from the University of Chicago (1999-2003). He then completed his second M.A. and his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley (2003-2009). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and a visiting lecturer at the Government department at Harvard University (2009-2010). He conducted doctoral research while based in Berlin and Moscow, and studied in Vienna as part of his undergraduate education. After eleven years abroad, he returned to Turkey in 2010 as an Assistant Professor of international relations at Koç University in Istanbul, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on comparative politics, ethnicity and nationalism, post-Communist Russia and Eurasia, and qualitative research methods. His book, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey was published by Cambridge University Press in November 2012, and received the 2013 Joseph Rothschild prize.
Sheri Berman is interested in both historical and contemporary political development. She received her PhD from Harvard University and currently teaches at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is currently working on a project entitled "Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Regime to the Present Day" which investigates the development of different types of political regimes in Europe from the 17th century to the collapse of Communism.
Michael Bernhard is the inaugural holder of the Raymond and Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair in Political Science at the University of Florida. His work centers on questions of democratization and development both globally and in the context of Europe. Among the issues that have figured prominently in his research agenda are the role of civil society in democratization, institutional choice in new democracies, the political economy of democratic survival, and the legacy of extreme forms of dictatorship.
Adam Bilinski received a B.A. in International Relations at the University of Warsaw (Poland) and M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Currently he is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Florida with specialization in comparative politics. His research interests include the problems of survival of democracy, electoral revolutions and democracy promotion. In the European context, he researchers development of democracy in the nineteenth century, in particular, the effect of regime discontinuities on the prospects of democratic survival. He currently works on his dissertation, which evaluates how pre-democratization historical legacies (in the form of regime discontinuities and regime type both in independent states and colonies) conditioned the probability of survival of once-established democracies.
Deborah Boucoyannis specializes in comparative politics. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how liberal regimes emerge and the preconditions to state building and market formation through a comparative study of European cases in the medieval and early modern periods. She also publishes in international relations, especially on the interconnections with political theory and comparative politics, and on the history of political thought, especially of liberalism. She is an Assistant Professor in the Politics Department of the University of Virginia.
Katlyn Carter is a doctoral candidate in the history department at Princeton University. Her work is centered on the late eighteenth century Atlantic World, particularly political thought and culture during the French revolutionary period. She is currently developing a dissertation on the theorization and construction of political representation in the 1780s and ‘90s, focusing particularly on the notions of transparency and accountability as they related to the legitimacy of authority. She is also interested in treating the development of political representation as part of an exchange of ideas and experiences across the Atlantic, examining the revolutionary movements of the late eighteenth century in tandem.
Alexandra Cirone is currently a Fellow in Government at the London School of Economics (LSE). She is also a PhD candidate in political science at Columbia University. She received her MA and MPhil from Columbia University, and her BA from the University of Chicago. Alexandra specializes in comparative politics and quantitative methods with a regional interest in Western Europe. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century party institutionalization in Western Europe, as well as European Union politics and policy. In her doctoral dissertation, she studies historical party formation and institutional design in new democracies, and is currently working on the case of party system development in the French Third Republic (1870-1940).
Pepijn Corduwener is a junior lecturer and PhD Candidate at the Department of History and Art History. He studied European Studies and History at the University of Amsterdam, took a MA degree in Political History at Utrecht University and a MA at the Centre for European Studies at University College London. His research focuses on conflicting conceptions of 'democracy' in postwar Western Europe. In a comparative research in which France, Italy and Germany are included, he studies the criticisms that have been aired on the functioning parliamentary democracy in these countries, how these ostensible failures have been accounted for and which alternatives for democratic government have been formulated by politicians, intellectuals, political parties and social movements. The founding of new social and political movements from 1945 until the rise of new populism will be incorporated in this research. This research questions the dominant vision in historiography about the deeply rooted consensus on the meaning of democracy in Western Europe after the experiences of World War II.
Danijela Dolenec works at the University of Zagreb, teaching comparative politics and social science methodology. She is a critical scholar who studies democratisation, sustainability and political economy. She received her master’s degree from the LSE (2005), and her doctorate in political science from the ETH Zürich in Switzerland (2012). Her primary interest in post-socialist democratisation processes evolved during her time at Harvard University as a Fulbright scholar (2007/2008). Danijela’s previous work covers topics such as the marketization of European systems of higher education and the Europeanization of post-socialist party systems. Most recently she has co-authored a study on sustainable development in Croatia (We Need to Change, 2012), while her book Democratic Institutions and Authoritarian Rule in Southeast Europe is forthcoming at ECPR Press in 2013.
Madeleine Elfenbein is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, where she is writing a dissertation on the Young Ottoman movement of the 1860s and 1870s and its connections to other political movements throughout Europe and the Islamic world. Her research interests include Ottoman intellectual history, Islamic and European political thought, transnational social movements, and race and religion in nineteenth-century Britain, France, and the Ottoman Empire.
Tiago Fernandes is Assistant professor of political science at Nova University (Lisbon, Portugal). He is working on a book project (“Religious Origins of Civil Society: Western Europe, 1870s–1930s”). He holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence (2009) and was a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame (2009-2011).
Roberto Foa is a PhD Candidate in Government at Harvard University. He is also a member of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the Higher School of Economics, and a Principle Investigator for the World Values Survey. He studies the political economy of development with a focus on comparative historical research and the origin of states. His current work examines variation in state capacity, and in particular differing patterns of 'compliance': why do people in some places obey higher authorities whereas in others they do not? Using experimental, archival and survey data, he shows that areas of high compliance are those in which formerly existing polities engaged in state-building in response to military threats.
Frieda Fuchs’s main research interests are the origins and development of the early welfare state; the birth of the modern state; democratization in comparative perspective; comparative political regimes; religion and politics. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines, based on extensive archival research, the development of protective labor policies (e.g., child labor laws, industrial safety and worker’s compensation) in 19th-century Britain and France, with a special emphasis on regulatory agencies (the labor inspectorate). Fuchs has published in Theory and Society and Politics & Society. She is currently a research affiliate and visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College’s Politics department.
Dorit Geva is Associate Professor of Sociology at Central European University. Her work encompasses the fields of political sociology, the sociology of sex and gender, and comparative and historical sociology. Whether investigating the politics of military conscription, contemporary right-wing movements, or the nature of populism, her research interrogates how family and gender politics shape modern policy and politics. This approach informed her first book comparing the politics of military service in France and the United States. Her current research follows the gender politics of right-wing parties and movements in France, and in Europe at large.
Alina Hogea is a Ph.D. candidate in Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia. She holds an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School, New York, and a B.A. in Journalism from University of Bucharest. Her research interests include politics of memory, collective identity, media development, and post-communist transformations. In her current work she focuses on the processing of the communist past in news media and politics in post-communist Romania.
Dr Hans Keman holds since 1990 the Chair in Comparative Political Science at the VU University in Amsterdam. He was educated in Amsterdam and Leiden (where he obtained his PhD-degree in 1988). Apart from the VU University he has held posts at the University of Amsterdam and Leiden. In addition he has been Research Fellow at the Australian National University, State University of New York (Binghamton), European University Institute (Florence), Essex University (England) and the Science Centre (Berlin). Further he served as Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Political Research as well as of Acta Politica. Hans Keman has specialized in Comparative Politics & History and its Methods. He published and edited around 18 books and over 120 (refereed) articles and chapters. At the moment he is preparing a comparative historical account of Social Democracy and a book on the legitimacy of the contemporary state.
Michael D. Kennedy (@Prof_Kennedy) is professor of sociology and international studies at Brown University. Throughout his career, Kennedy has addressed East European social movements, national identifications, and systemic change. For the last 15 years, he also has worked in the sociology of public knowledge, global transformations, and cultural politics, focusing most recently on the European Union, energy security, universities and social movements. His book, Globalizing Knowledge: Intellectuals, Universities, and Publics in Transformation, is forthcoming from Stanford University Press.
Kennedy was the University of Michigan's first vice provost for international affairs in addition to being director of five centers and programs at UM; he also served as the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies. Kennedy is presently a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Social Science Research Council.
Guy Lanoue (Ph.D., U. of Toronto, 1984) worked on the cultural dynamics of violence among a Northwestern Dene (Athapascan) people of northern British Columbia, Canada, in the 1980s. Between 1987 and 1993 he taught in Lecce, Chieti (Pescara) and Rome. After researching notions of myth and community among the Dene, in the late 1990s he began research on Abruzzese peasants, who were long used to reconciling local notions of community with ‘foreign’ notions vectored by formal State ideologies. In the 1990s, this led to research in Rome on the old Roman bourgeoisie, people who self-identify as being the descendants of the ‘bourgeoisie’ of pre-Unification (Papal) Rome. The absence of the normal bases of bourgeois status and power (the industrial and financial sectors were and are relatively underdeveloped in Papal and in contemporary Rome) led to analyses on how values attach to place, how they influence notions of moral and cultural power, and, more importantly, how (and why) they are acknowledged by others who do not have direct access to this source of personal capital. Since 1994, he has taught at the University of Montreal.
Peter Moloney studies the evolution of modern international governance, focusing on the European Union and its forerunner, the European Economic Community (EEC). His dissertation, entitled, "From Common Market to European Union: Creating a New Model State?" explores the dramatic transformation of the EEC from a limited common market to a broad, state-like, political authority at home and influential economic and diplomatic force abroad. He is currently pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston College History Department and teaching core courses in Early Modern & Modern Globalization.
Aurelian Muntean has a PhD. in sociology from SNSPA Bucharest and is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. His research interests range from electoral studies, political parties, political clientelism and legislative-executive relations, to labor relations and church-state relations. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Columbia University, East European Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C, and International Policy Fellow at the Open Society Institute Budapest. and has published in Electoral Studies, Social Change Review, Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, Journal for the Study of Religion and Ideologies, and chapters in various edited volumes.
Harris Mylonas' work is on nation- and state-building, immigrant and refugee incorporation policies, as well as political development. His work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Ethnopolitics, and various edited volumes. In his book The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press), Mylonas identifies the conditions in which the ruling political elites of a state target non-core groups with assimilationist policies instead of granting them minority rights or excluding them from the state. His second book project--tentatively entitled The Politics of Ethnic Return Migration--focuses on the policies that states develop either to attract and/or to incorporate people returning to their country of origin, allegiance, or citizenship. He is an Assistant professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.
Monika Nalepa (PhD, Columbia University) is associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago. With a focus on post-communist Europe, her research interests include transitional justice, parties and legislatures, and game-theoretic approaches to comparative politics. Her first book, Skeletons in the Closet: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Europe was published in the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series and received the Best Book award from the Comparative Democratization section of the APSA and the Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of the APSA. She has published her research in the Journal of Comparative Politics, World Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Decyzje. Her next book manuscript, Parties Ascendant, examines the development of programmatic parties in new democracies with a special focus on legislative institutions.
Blaise Nkfunkoh Ndamnsah is a second year PhD candidate in Defence studies at the University of Ljubljana and his research interest is Cultural awareness training tools for peacekeeping missions to the UN, EU and NATO: A critical analysis of UN- MINUSCA-CAR, EUTM Somalia and Nato’s Counter-piracy off the Horn of Africa. He works as a train Cultural Mediator at the CARA Refugee Center Gorizia-Italy. As a volunteer, he teaches English language and Geopolitics at the University of the third age in Gorizia- Italy (Università della terza età di Gorizia), and he is a co-founder and Vice President to the Security and Defence Research Center (www.sdrc-go.org).
Jan Rovny is a research fellow at CERGU and the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. As of September 2013 he will join Sciences Po, Paris, as assistant professor. Jan's research concentrates on political competition in Europe with the aim of uncovering the ideological conflict lines in different countries. He explores how historical factors affect the issues that political parties contest across Europe, and how voters respond to various party strategies stemming from this competition. In addition, Jan is one of the principal investigators of the Chapel Hill Expert Surveys on party positioning.
Rajesh Sampath is the Assistant Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights and Social Change and teaches in the Graduate Programs in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. His current teaching and research interests and disciplinary expertise include the following: twentieth century Anglo-American and European moral and political philosophy, theories of modernization and social-historical change, epistemology and the sociology of knowledge in comparative religious studies. Teaching interests include the Anglo-American, European and Global South traditions of philosophical ethics and theories of justice when applied to sustainable development issues.
Rudra Sil holds a Ph.D. from Berkeley (1996) and is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His interests encompass post-communist Europe (including Russia), Asian studies, comparative labor politics, institutional change and development, comparative-historical methodology, and the philosophy of the social sciences. He is author of Managing “Modernity”: Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia (2002) and coauthor, with Peter Katzenstein, of Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (2010). He has coedited several anthologies, including The Politics of Labor in a Global Age (2001); World Order After Leninism (2006) and Reconfiguring Institutions Across Time and Space (2007). His articles have appeared in such journals as Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Europe-Asia Studies, Polity, and Post-Soviet Affairs. His current book project, tentatively titled Pathways of the Postcommunist Proletariat, analyzes the evolution of labor politics in Russia and East-Central Europe.
Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos is a is a political sociologist/political scientist who has the following research interests: civil society in Greece and in the post-communist South-Eastern Europe; state bureaucracy and political parties in Greece and in Southern Europe; the development of the Greek welfare state; democratization in post-communist South-Eastern Europe; the welfare state and public administration in South-Eastern Europe; and higher education reform in the EU and Greece. He is associate professor of political science at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Athens, Greece.
Imre Szabo is a PhD student in political science at Central European University, Budapest. He writes his dissertation on the bargaining power of healthcare and education employees in East Central Europe.The broader implications of his research concern the historical relationship between states, employees in strategic sectors, and the political left/labor movement.
Maxim Tabachnik is a Ph D student in the Department of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his MA in Political Science from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and his BA in the same field from Duke University. He also has an International MBA from York University in Toronto. Maxim is interested in nationalism, national identity, citizenship, ethnic/civic identity, liberal theory and minority rights in a cross-disciplinary approach between comparative politics, political theory, IR and history. While his area of expertise is Western and Southern Europe, he is also working on post-Soviet space, especially Central Asia. Maxim speaks Russian as well as most Romance languages.
Philipp Trein is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He holds an M.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Heidelberg. His dissertation project is part of the research project “Multi-level governance in Health Policy,” which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. In addition, he has recently published on dynamics of fiscal federalism during the global financial and economic crisis. His research interests include comparative health policy, federalism, fiscal policy and economic voting.
Yasir Yilmaz holds a B.A. in Public Finance from Gazi University (Ankara, Turkey). He received an M.A. in History from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) and expects a PhD in History from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) in September, 2015. His dissertation, entitled “The Grand Vizier’s Way: decision-making and statecraft in the early modern Ottoman Empire, the times of Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa Pasha (1676-1683),” is based on more than a year-long research at the imperial archives in Vienna and Istanbul and pioneers comparative use of early modern Austrian and Ottoman Turkish documents in a monograph-length study. Yilmaz has formerly taught at Purdue University and Franklin College (Franklin, IN). In 2015-2016 academic year, Yilmaz will teach European and world history classes at Ipek University (Ankara, Turkey).