Anna Grzymala-Busse

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Grzymala-Busse, Anna

Director, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies
Director, Weiser Center for Europe & Eurasia
Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

1080 South University Ave., Suite 3668
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Office Location(s): 7751 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.764.3463
Personal Website
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Political Science
    • Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies
    • Weiser Center for Europe & Eurasia
    • Center for European Studies
    • Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
    • Copernicus Program in Polish Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Comparative Politics
    • Political Development
    • Methods
  • About

    Anna Grzymala-Busse is a professor in the Political Science Department.  She focuses on religion and politics, informal politics, and post-communist state development.  Her first book, Redeeming the Communist Past, examined how discredited communist parties reinvented themselves as successful democrats. Her second book, Rebuilding Leviathan: Party Competition and State Exploitation in Post-Communist Democracies (2007) won the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Ed A. Hewett Prize for best publication on the political economy of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe.  The book analyzed why some governing parties, constrained by strong political competition, limited their opportunistic behavior in rebuilding the post-communist state. Her current book project asks why and how organized religion influences public policy, and why we see such differences in church influence even among countries that are otherwise very similar in their religious profiles. 

    Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, Professor Grzymala-Busse taught at Yale University‚Äôs Department of Political Science.   

  • Education
    • Harvard University, Ph.D. with distinction (Government)
    • Cambridge University, M.Phil (Social and Political Studies)
    • Princeton University, A.B. with honors (Public and International Affairs)