Tsveta Petrova

Tsveta Petrova

Research Interests

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.


Spring 2021

  • 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.

Fall 2020

  • 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. Students will further review foundational topics in methods of contemporary research inquiry. Colloquium participants will deepen their understanding of the various types of data and techniques for analyzing these used in the social sciences and humanities. Students will do so by studying examples of such data and techniques from the cannon of the study of contemporary Europe. The course thus supports students as they embark on their journey of writing their MA thesis and prepares them for careers in European affairs. Required course for the Master's in European History, Politics, and Society program.



    Professor Petrova's work lies at the intersection of domestic politics and international relations and touches on questions related to democracy, democratization and democracy promotion. Her book on democracy export by new democracies, From Solidarity to Geopolitics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Her work has also appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Democracy, Government and Opposition, Europe-Asia Studies, East European Politics & Societies, Review of International Affairs, and Foreign Policy. Her research has been supported by the European Commission, the US Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, Council for European Studies, Smith Richardson Foundation, and IREX. She is a commentator on central and eastern Europe for the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Economist, among other media and advises public and private organizations on policy and political risk questions in her areas of research expertise. She further serves a Series Editor for the Memory Politics and Transitional Justice collection at Palgrave-Mcmillan as well as a Scholar with the Rising Democracies Network at the Carnegie Endowment and an Advisor to the Nations in Transit Program at the Freedom House.


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

    Selected Publications


    • From Democracy to Populism (manuscript in progress)
    • From Solidarity to Geopolitics: Support for Democracy among Postcommunist States
      Cambridge University Press (2014)

    Selected Articles and Chapters

    • “Politics and the Current Challenges of Demography in Central and Eastern Europe” East European Politics and Societies (May, 2020), co-authored with Tomasz Inglot
    • “Pressure, Favours, and Vote-buying: Experimental Evidence from Romania and Bulgaria” Europe-Asia Studies (September 2017), co-authored with Isabela Mares and Aurelian Muntean
    • “Diffusion and The Production of Eastern Europe” East European Politics and Societies 29.2 (2015): 487-503
    • "A New Democracy Promotes Democracy: Making a Difference?" Journal of Democracy (April 2012)
    • "Why Ineffective Policy Practices Spread Across Borders?" in Simon Teune, ed., The Transnational Condition: Protest Beyond Borders in Europe (New York: Berghahn Books, 2010)
    • "Transactional and Participatory Activism in The Emerging EU Polity," Comparative Political Studies (January 2007); co-authored with Sidney Tarrow