Grzegorz Ekiert

Grzegorz Ekiert is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government at Harvard University, director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and senior scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.

His research and teaching interests focus on comparative politics, regime change and democratization, civil society and social movements and East European politics and societies. His current projects explore civil society development in new democracies in Central Europe and East Asia, state mobilized contention in authoritarian and hybrid regimes and patterns of political and economic transformations in the post-communist world. He is the author or editor of six books, edited volumes and special issues of journals. His papers have appeared in numerous social science journals in the US, Europe and Asia and in many edited volumes. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, an external examiner in Politics, Public Administration and Global Studies at the University of Hong Kong and a member of the Club of Madrid Advisory Committee.


• Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University
• Director, CES, Harvard University
• Resident Faculty, CES
• Chair, Director’s Seminar

Recent Articles:

• ‘The Weakness of Post-Communist Civil Society Reassessed’ (co-author Roberto Foa) forthcoming in European Journal of Political Research.
• ‘Civil Society and Three Dimensions of Inequality in Post-1989 Poland’ (co-authors Jan Kubik and Michal Wenzel) forthcoming in Comparative Politics, Special Issue on Civil Society in an Era of Inequality.
• ‘Three Generations of Research on Post-Communist Politics – A Sketch,’ in: East European Politics and Societies (May 2015) Vol. 29, No. 2, 323–37
• ‘Myths and Realities of Civil Society,’ (co-author Jan Kubik) Journal of Democracy (January 2014) Vol. 25, No. 1, 46–58
• ‘Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe 100 years On,’ (co-author Daniel Ziblatt) in: East European Politics and Societies (February 2013) Vol. 27, No. 1, 88–105

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