Associate Director, CES
Dr. Petia Kostadinova is the Associate Director for the Center for European Studies (CES) and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science.
Dr. Kostadinova's research interests include comparative politics, comparative political economy, East European Politics, and the European Union. Her current projects fall in two main categories. One set of her research focuses on the impact of the European Union on non-member states. Projects in this category involve the extent to which the EU's accession process and conditionality affect the policies of the applicant countries, and the determinants of the EU's official development assistance to the third world and pre-accession countries. A second area of Dr. Kostadinova's research involves the role of public preferences, and media's transmission of these preferences, in shaping social and economic policies in the post-communist countries.
Dr. Kostadinova is the PI or co-PI of several grants from the European Union to develop new courses and/or outreach activities. She frequently participates in outreach activities aimed at educating teachers, business leaders, or the general public about recent developments in the European Union or its member states.
Dr. Kostadinova received her Ph.D. from The Florida State University.