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- Ph.D., Cornell University, 1975
Professor Bielasiak's interests are in the fields of comparative politics, with a special interest in the process of democratization and in electoral and party systems. His major emphasis is on the transformation of post communist societies in East Europe and the former Soviet Union. His research in this field has focused on political participation and decision-making processes (e.g. articles in American Political Science Review, Studies in Comparative Communism, East European Quarterly, International Journal of Politics, and edited collections), on the political crisis in Poland (editor of Poland Today, and of Polish Politics: Edge of the Abyss, and numerous articles), and on the political economy of reform in post-communist systems (publications in several journals such as Economic and Industrial Democracy Journal, East European Politics and Societies, and edited books). His current research and writing focus on a global comparison of electoral processes and party institutionalization in emerging democracies, involving West European, Latin American, Asian, and post-communist cases (articles in Comparative Politics, Party Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Studies in Public Policy, and several edited volumes), as well as a book length study on Institutionalizing Democracy: Post-communism Party Systems In Comparative Perspective.
In conjunction with these interests, Professor Bielasiak teaches courses on Transitions to Democracy, Political Democratization, East European Politics, and Post- Communist Politics. Beyond this area, he is also involved in the study and teaching of 20th century genocides, offering courses on the Holocaust and Politics, The Politics of Genocide, and Political Tyranny. He has received several university and APSA awards for outstanding teaching
Professor Bielasiak has served as Director of the Polish Studies Program here at IU, and as Associate Director of American Studies at the University of Warsaw. Most recently he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Warsaw. Professor Bielasiak is currently serving as Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Political Science.