ExperienceSD 7617-010web

Senior Program Officer, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Stockholm, since December 2018.

Associate Professor, Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty for European Studies, Cluj-Napoca, October 2016 – November 2018

Principal Investigator, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Munich, since July 2013

Managing Director of the project network “Institutions and Institutional Change in Postsocialism”, Munich University, 2010-2015

Visiting Professor of Comparative Government, University of Heidelberg, 2009-2010

Project director at the Center for Applied Policy Research, Munich University, 1995-2009

Research fellow at Humboldt University Berlin and London School of Economics, 1999-2001

Researcher at the Institute of East European Studies, Free University of Berlin, 1992-1994


Ph.D. in Sociology, Free University of Berlin, 1995

Diploma in Political Science, Free University of Berlin, 1991

Fellowships and Research Stays

Kazakh National University Al-Farabi, Almaty, 2014

University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 2005

London School of Economics, 1999-2000

Eötvös-Loránd University Budapest, 1992-1993


Advisory Boards to the “Transformation Index” and “Sustainable Governance Indicators” projects, Bertelsmann Foundation, since 2003/2008

Thesis Committee Member, European University Institute (2012), Committee of Regions (2008)

Reviewer for the following journals and institutions:
Comparative European Politics; Czech Grant Agency; Democratization; East European Politics and Societies; Estonian Science Foundation; European Research Council; Europe-Asia Studies; European Union Politics; International Studies Quarterly; Journal of European Public Policy; Politische Vierteljahresschrift; Problems of Post-Communism; Regional and Federal Studies; World Development; Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft; Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft

Language skills

German (native)
Hungarian, Russian (advanced)
Croatian, Serbian, French (intermediate)
Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Slovak (reading skills)


Post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate courses at the universities of Cluj-Napoca, Heidelberg, Munich and Almaty, 1996-2014

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