M.A. Jagiellonian University, Poland, Department of Sociology Summa Cum Laude, 1980; M.A. Harvard University, Department of Sociology, 1987; and Ph.D. Harvard University, Department of Sociology, 1991.

Professional experience:

Grzegorz Ekiert is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government; Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES); Chair of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies; and Senior Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, all at Harvard University. He is also co-editor of the interactive CES Open Forum Working Papers series. His teaching and research interests focus on comparative politics, regime change and democratization, civil society and social movements, and East European politics and societies. His current research projects explore civil society development in new democracies in Central Europe and East Asia and patterns of transformations in post-communist world. He focuses on the state by state socialism, consequences of the EU’s eastward enlargement for new member states, popular protest, and democratic consolidation.


He is the author of The State Against Society: Political Crises and Their Aftermath in East Central Europe (1996); Rebellious Civil Society: Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland (with J. Kubik, 1999); Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Legacy of Communist Rule (co-edited with S. Hanson, 2003); editor of special issues of East European Politics and Societies on the “EU Eastward Enlargement” (with J. Zielonka, 2003) and of “Democracy in the Postcommunist World” (2007) and Taiwan Journal of Democracy on “A Liberal Challenge? Civil Society and Grass-root Politics in New Democracies” (with S. Kim, 2013).