Anna Seleny

Professor of the Practice of International Politics

  • MA, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • PhD, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BA, Smith College

Professional Activities
  • Fletcher School, Tufts University: Professor of the Practice of International Politics, (2006 - ); Visiting Associate Professor (2002-2006)
  • Princeton University: Assistant Professor, Department of Politics (1993-2002)
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, NJ (1994-95)
  • Associate Editor, World Politics, Center for International Studies, Princeton University (1994-2002)
  • Co-founder and Coordinator, Program on Eastern Europe, Minda de Gunzberg Center For European Studies, Harvard University (1989-1992)
  • Reviewer for World Politics, the American Political Science Review (APSR), Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, East European Politics and Societies and other academic journals
  • Member, American Political Science Association
  • Section memberships and participation: Comparative Politics.; Politics and History; Methodology. Member, American Association of Slavic Studies (AAASS)
  • Other professional experience includes international banking (focus on Latin America, Spain and Portugal) and international development work in Central Asia and Latin America

Research Interests
  • Comparative Politics: political economy, political culture and democratization, particularly in Russia, Eastern Europe and the EU; secondary focus on Latin America
  • Comparative Political Economy: especially the EU, state socialist (communist), post-socialist, and developing countries
• "Communism's Many Legacies in East-Central Europe," Journal of Democracy Volume 18 (3) July 2007.
Seleny, Annamaria. "Tradition, Modernity, and Democracy: The Many Promises of Islam." Perspectives on Politics 4, no. 3 (2006): 481-493.
"Reform and Counter-reform: The Path to Market in Hungary and Cuba," (co-author) Comparative Politics (January 2002).
"Old Political Rationalities and New Democracies: Compromise and Confrontation in Hungary and Poland," World Politics 51 (1999).
"The Political Enforcement of Liberalism: Bargaining, Institutions and Auto Multinationals in Hungary," (co-author) International Studies Quarterly 42 (1998).
• "Constructing the Discourse of Transformation: Hungary, 1979-1982", East European Politics and Societies, Volume 8, No. 3, Fall 1994.
• "Hidden Enterprise, Property Rights Reform and Political Transformation in Hungary," in Law and Policy, Vol. 13, no. 2, April 1991.

Seleny, Annamaria. The Political Economy of State-Society Relations in Hungary and Poland: From Communism to the European Union. 2006.
• State, Society and Economy in Hungary and Poland: From Communism to the European Union (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

• "Islam and the Transformative Power of Tradition", in Building State and Security in Afghanistan, Wolfgang Danspeckgruber and Robert Finn, eds. (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University 2007).
• "Alternative Discursive Resources: Continuity and Rupture in Hungarian Politic," Dilemmas of Transition: The Hungarian Experience (1999).
• "Property Rights and Political Power: The Cumulative Process of Political Change in Hungary," The Waning of the Communist State: Economic Origins of Political Decline in China and Hungary (1995).

"Two Decades After the Fall: Is Social Democracy Dead?" Dissent online, September 2009.
• "Conceptual difficulties: the catch-all notion of 'self-interest'." Comparative Politics Newsletter of the American Political Science Association, Fall 2009.



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The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave
Medford, MA, 02155

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