I am faculty at the European Institute at Columbia University, where I teach and advise the MA students in European History, Politics, and Society. I am also a co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan series on Memory Politics and Transitional Justice, an advisor to the Freedom House’s Nations in Transit, and a scholar-participant in the Carnegie Endowment’s Rising Democracies Network.

I received my Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University in 2011 and then accepted post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University’s Davis Center and then at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. I am the recipient of several research and teaching awards as well as many fellowships and grants, including from the Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, Council for European Studies, National Endowment for Democracy, Woodrow Wilson Center, Smith Richardson Foundation, and IREX.

My research interests lie at the intersection of domestic politics and international relations. I focus on a number of questions related to democracy, democratization and democratic rollback, and democracy promotion. My book on democracy export by new democracies, From Solidarity to Geopolitics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. I’m also a frequent commentator on Central and Eastern Europe for the NYTimes, FT, the Economist, and Bloomberg among others.

Tsveta Petrova

European Institute

Columbia University

New York, NY 10027



(607) 351-6016