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.

Recent Conference Presentations

2019. “The Rule of Law Breakthrough that Wasn’t: Judicial Reform After Maidan” (with Daniel Beers), Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, May 2-4.

2019. “The Weaponization of Law,” Joint Sessions of Workshops, European Consortium for Political Research, Mons, Belgium, April 8-12.

2018. “Rule of Law in Europe: Threats and Resilience,” co-panelist at roundtable entitled “Illiberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: What – if anything – can the EU do?,” European Studies Community Association – Canada (ECSA-C) Biennial Conference, Toronto, May 10-12.

2018. “Weaponized Legalism,” Academic Workshop “Rule of Law in Europe: Threats and Resilience”, Jean Monnet Centre Montreal, McGill University, April 19-20.

2017. “Judicial Reform After the Euromaidan: The More Things Change…,” 14th Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine, University of Ottawa, November 16-18.

2016. “Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law Reforms in Ukraine,” PONARS Policy Workshop, Montreal, December 3-5.

2016. “Post-Communist Protests and the Rule of Law,” Between Europe and Russia Network Workshop, McGill University, September 29-30.

2015. “Fear and Loathing on the Post-Communist Street: Why Bulgaria's DANSwithme Protest Fizzled Out, but Ukraine's Euromaidan Escalated,” 22nd Conference of Europeanists, Paris, July 8-10.

2015. “Ukrainian Judicial Reform after Euromaidan,” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, San Antonio, November 20-23

2014. “Why Does Kivalov Still Pull the Strings: Ukraine’s Judicial Lustration Process,” Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine, University of Ottawa, October 31-November 2

2014. “Politicization of Justice: Conceptualization and Measurement,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, August 29-September 2

2014. “Prosecuting High Level Corruption in Eastern Europe,” International Political Science Association World Congress, Montreal, July 20-23.

2014. “Ukrainian Studies: Bibliometric Analysis,” (with Radu Parvulescu), Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, New York, April 24-26.

2013. “Prosecuting High-Level Corruption in Eastern Europe” (with Vincent Post), Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, Boston, November 21-24.

2013. “Judicial Independence and Media Freedom: Defamation Litigation Trends in Russia, 2004-2010,” Council for European Studies 20th International Conference, Amsterdam, June 24-26.

2013. “How Politicized Are the Russian Courts? Evidence from Defamation Cases Against Media Outlets, 1997-2011,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Boston, May 30-June 2.

2013. “Attack and Counter-Attack: Mainstream Party-Radical Challenger Interaction in Bulgaria,” Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention, Columbia University, New York, April 18-20.

2013. “Political Competition and Judicial Independence in Democracies: A Cross-national Test,” European Consortium for Political Research Joint Sessions of Workshops, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany, March 11-16.

2012. “Authoritarian Learning and the Politicization of Justice in Ukraine: The Tymoshenko Case in Context,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, New Orleans, November 15-18.

2012. “The Politicization of Justice in Ukraine under Yanukovych,” 8th Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa, November 1-3.

2012. “Political Competition, Judicial Independence, and Electoral Regime Age,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (conference cancelled)

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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