Research

Maria’s work explores the intersection of politics and law in the post-Communist region, specifically the rule of law, judicial reform, political corruption, populist parties, and legal repression of dissent.

Policy Articles & Op-Eds

“How Can the EU Help Ukraine Build the Rule of Law and Fight Corruption? Romania and Bulgaria as Guideposts”
2017. PONARS Policy Memo.
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“Will There Be a “Full, Rapid and Transparent Investigation into Nemtsov’s Murder”
2015. The Monkey Cage @ The Washington Post.
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“Ukraine’s Judicial Reforms”
2015. VoxUkraine, translated and reprinted by Ukrainska Pravda.
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“Ukraine’s Legal Problems: Why Kiev’s Plans to Purge the Judiciary Will Backfire”
2014. Foreign Affairs.
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“The Kremlin, Not Language, is Driving Ukraine Apart”
2014. With Matthew Light. The Globe and Mail.
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“What is Lustration and Is It a Good Idea for Ukraine to Adopt it?”
2014. The Monkey Cage @ The Washington Post. Reprinted by Kyiv Post.
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“Was Yanukovych’s Removal Constitutional?”
2014. PONARS Eurasia Commentary.
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“What Doesn’t Kill Ukraine…”
2014. With Oxana Shevel. Foreign Policy.
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“Why Domestic Developments in Ukraine Still Matter”
2014. The Monkey Cage @ The Washington Post.
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“The Strange Court Case of Alexey Navalny”
2013. The Monkey Cage.
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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.

Contact me

Jean Monnet Chair EUROL
McGill University
855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montréal, Quebec
H3A 2T7
maria.popova [at] mcgill.ca
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