Tsveta Petrova

Tsveta Petrova

Professor Tsveta Petrova is the Faculty Advisor to students in the European History, Politics, and Society program and a Lecturer in the Discipline of Political Science. Professor Petrova teaches the colloquium that introduces MA students to key topics and issues in the study of Europe while also helping them develop reading, writing, and public speaking skills. In addition, she provides one-on-one advising and support to MA students—from identifying the classes and advisors that best fit their courses of study to helping them with thesis writing and post-graduation career planning.



  • European Studies Masters Colloquium I (4 credits)
    EHPS GR6100
    This course is an introduction to the study of Europe as a unique region with a distinctive relationship to the other regions of the world. The course acquaints students with key, long-standing debates over the origin and dynamics of contemporary European society and the evolution of the European political and economic systems since the early modern period. These debates have generated an extensive literature across disciplinary, national, and regional lines that students will survey. The course thus provides professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making, preparing students for careers in European affairs. Required course for the Master's in European History, Politics, and Society program.


  • European Studies Masters Colloquium II (4 credits)
    EHPS GR6101
    A continuation of the Colloquium I course. Required course for the Master's in European History, Politics, and Society program.


Professor Petrova's research interests lie at the intersection of domestic politics and international relations. She is the recipient of several research and teaching awards as well as many fellowships and grants. Her book on democracy export by new democracies, From Solidarity to Geopolitics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.


  • PhD, Cornell University
  • MPA, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
  • BA, Cornell University

Selected Publications


  • Agency in Diffusion: New Democracies as Democracy Promoters
    Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)
  • From Solidarity to Geopolitics: Support for Democracy among Postcommunist States
    Cambridge University Press (2014)

Journal Articles

  • "International, National, or Local? Explaining the Substance of Democracy Promotion," Review of International Affairs (July 2014)
  • "A New Democracy Promotes Democracy: Making a Difference?" Journal of Democracy (April 2012)
  • "(Re-)Discovering a Strength of Civil Society in Post-Communist Eastern Europe," Europe-Asia Studies (June 2011); re-printed in Terry Cox, ed., Civil Society and Social Capital in Post-Communist Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2013).
  • "Transactional and Participatory Activism in The Emerging EU Polity," Comparative Political Studies (January 2007); co-authored with Sidney Tarrow

Book Chapters

  • "Making Transnational Activism Work?" in Frank Schimmelfennig and Timm Beichelt, eds., External Democracy Promotion and Civil Society in Post-Socialist Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
  • "Why Ineffective Policy Practices Spread Across Borders?" in Simon Teune, ed., The Transnational Condition: Protest Beyond Borders in Europe (New York: Berghahn Books, 2010)
  • "A Post-Communist Transition in Two Acts: On the International Factors Behind Democratization" in Valerie Bunce, Michael McFaul, and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, eds., Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Post-Communist World: What Role for External vs Domestic Variables? (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • "Out of Globalization-Harm’s Way?" in Evangelista and Parsi, eds., Partners or Rivals? European – American Relations After Iraq (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005)