Andreea Maierean joined the department in 2014 after receiving her PhD 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.