Democratization to Populism

Tsveta Petrova
Lecturer in the Discipline of Political Science at Columbia University

Tsveta Petrova received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University in 2011 and then held post-doctoral positions at Harvard University and Columbia University. Her research focuses on democracy, democratization, and democracy promotion. Dr. Petrova's book on democracy export by new democracies, From Solidarity to Geopolitics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014 and her articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Democracy, Government and Opposition, Post-Soviet Affairs, Europe-Asia Studies, East European Politics & Societies, Review of International Affairs, and Foreign Policy among others. Her research has been supported by the European Commission, US Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, Council for European Studies, Smith Richardson Foundation, and IREX. She further serves as a Series Editor for the Memory Politics and Transitional Justice collection at Palgrave-Mcmillan as well as a Scholar with the Rising Democracies Network at the Carnegie Endowment and a Senior Advisor to the Freedom in the World and Nations in Transit Program at the Freedom House.

This essay is based on research conducted by her as part of a project which receives support of the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union. The European Commission's support for this research project does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views of the author alone.