Andreea Maierean joined the department in 2014 after receiving her Ph.D. in Political
Science at Boston University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Political
Science. Dr. Maierean previously studied in Bucharest, Romania at the National School
of Political Studies and Public Administration, in Trieste, Italy at the University
of Trieste, in Budapest, Hungary at Central European University and in Vienna, Austria
at the Institute for Human Sciences. Her research and teaching interests broadly include
post-communist transitions to democracy, transitional justice and environmental policy.
Her doctoral dissertation is a comparative study of lustration, a process that involved
the disqualification of certain categories of former communist officials and secret
police collaborators from public positions under the new regime. Dr. Maierean's current
two research projects examine the impact of corruption on voter turnout and the relationship
between shale gas policies and democratic governance.