Anna Grzymala-Busse

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 Biographical Sketch

Anna Grzymala-Busse, director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, is the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of European and Eurasian Studies and professor of political science at the University of Michigan.

A graduate of Princeton (A.B.), Cambridge (M.Phil), and Harvard (Ph.D.) Universities, Grzymala-Busse joined the Department of Political Science at U-M in 2005. Her principal interests include political parties and political competition, state development and transformation, and post-communist politics. Other research interests include informal institutions as well as temporality and causality in social science explanations. She has written about the paradoxical comeback of communist successor parties, party competition and its impact on constraining rent-seeking, state theory, and the unintended consequences of EU enlargement. Her most recent research project examines why organized religions influence the public politics of some countries more than others. She has written numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes and is the author of Rebuilding Leviathan: Party Competition and State Exploitation in Post-Communist Democracies (Cambridge, 2007), and Redeeming the Communist Past: The Regeneration of the Communist Successor Parties in East Central Europe (Cambridge, 2002).

Grzymala-Busse’s 2000 doctoral dissertation won the Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics from the American Political Science Association. Rebuilding Leviathan, an analysis of how post-communist political parties rebuilt the state and how strong political competition limited the corrupt behavior and abuse of state resources by opportunistic political parties, received the 2008 Ed A. Hewett Prize for Best Publication on the Political Economy of the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe.

Watch or listen to Anna Grzymala-Busse's inaugural Weiser Professorship lecture, "The Sacralization of Politics in Europe and Beyond."