Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Grzymala-Busse to lead Weiser Center for Europe
and Eurasia

The Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE) has announced that Anna Grzymala-Busse, professor of political science, will assume the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professorship of European and Eurasian Studies and the directorship of the WCEE and the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED), effective July 1.


The missions of WCEE and WCED are to advance and disseminate knowledge about European and Eurasian contextual expertise and a broad thematic focusing on emerging democracies.

A graduate of Princeton, Cambridge and Harvard universities, Grzymala-Busse joined the U-M Department of Political Science 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.

Grzymala-Busse’s 2000 doctoral dissertation won the Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics from the American Political Science Association. She is the author of “Rebuilding Leviathan,” which received the 2008 Ed A. Hewett Prize for Best Publication on the Political Economy of the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe.