Past Events

"Politics of Corruption Prosecutions"
FEBRUARY 15-23, 2021
Participants: Liz Acorn (University of Toronto), Manuel Balan (McGill University), Matthew Carlson (University of Vermont), Elizabeth Chrun (McGill University), Luciano Da Ros (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina), Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos (University of Oxford), Lucia Manzi (SUNY Plattsburgh), Radu Parvulescu (Cornell University), Ngoc Phan (Duke University), Maria Popova (McGill University), Matt Taylor (American University), Yuhua Wang (Harvard University), Juan Wang (McGill University), Marina Zaloznaya (University of Iowa), Jiangnan Zhu (University of Hong Kong).
Valerie Sperling (Clark University)
"Are Women’s Rights Human Rights? Russia, Turkey and the European Court of Human Rights”
MARCH 29, 2019
Valerie Sperling is Professor of Political Science at Clark University. Her research interests lie largely at the intersection of gender politics and Russian politics. She is the author of Sex, Politics, & Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia (2015), Altered States: The Globalization of Accountability (2009), and Organizing Women in Contemporary Russia (1999). She will be speaking on her new book, Courting Gender Justice: Russia, Turkey, and the European Court of Human Rights, co-authored with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom and Melike Sayoglu.
Petra Guasti (Harvard Kennedy School)
"The EU and Russia in the Pan-European Human Rights Regime"
FEBRUARY 19, 2019
Petra Guasti is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt (Democratic Innovations Research Unit) and AY 2018-2019 Democracy Visiting Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School. Her research focus is on (representatitve) democracy, democratic innovations, civil society, and human rights.
Marina Zaloznaya (University of Iowa)
"Network Theory of Bureaucratic Corruption in Non-Democracies"
FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Dr. Zaloznaya develops a theory of bureaucratic corruption based on her research of under-the-table transcations at Ukrainian universities. She tests it with a large-N survey from Russia that includes extensive modules on personal networks and cor-ruption behavior. It shows that Russians are more likely to give bribes, presents, and do favors for bureaucrats when they can obtain corruption-relevant information and rely on protection from their networks if they get in trouble. At the same time, strong ties with non-criminogenic alters do not make Russians perceive corruption as riski-er or less acceptable. By contrast to typical street and white-collar crime, such con-ventional relationships increase rather than decrease Russians’ likelihood of corrupt behavior.
Maria Popova (McGill University)
"Making Sense of the EU: An Introductory Talk on the Politics of the European Union"
January 24, 2018

This event was co-organized with McGill's Political Science Students’ Association (PSSA) and European Students' Society (ESS).

About me

Maria Popova (PhD, Harvard 2006) conducts research on the rule of law, judicial reform, political corruption, populist parties and legal repression of dissent across the post-Communist region. She teaches classes on European politics and research methods.

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Jean Monnet Chair EUROL
McGill University
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