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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


Valerie Bunce

Valerie Bunce is the Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and Professor of Government. Her primary fields are comparative politics and international relations, and her research and teaching address comparative democratization, international democracy promotion (primarily by the U.S.), and inter-ethnic cooperation and conflict. Her geographical focus is primarily east-central Europe, the Balkans, and the Soviet successor states.

Valerie holds a PhD from the University of Michigan. She is the author of Subversive Institutions: The Design and the Collapse of Socialism and the State (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and coauthor, with Sharon Wolchik, of a book tentatively titled American Democracy Promotion and Electoral Change in Postcommunist Europe and Eurasia. Her articles have appeared in such publications as the American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Politics and Society, and International Organization, to name a few.


Valerie speaks to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences about Russia: At the Crossroads.