Political structures and processes in Russia, Central and East Europe, and selected post-Communist countries.
Freshmen not allowed.
This course can be applied toward:
POLS 241 (Comparative Government and Politics).
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- After The Wall, 4th Ed.
- Central & East European Politics, 3rd Ed.
- Politics of Privatization, 11th Ed.
- Understanding Contemporary Russia, 9th Ed.
I have a bachelor's degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a multidisciplinary degree (political science, history, economics, French, etc.). I started my master's degree in the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, D.C. and interned at the Brookings Institution in Russian foreign economic policy. I finished my M.A. in political science at the University of Colorado-Boulder with an emphasis on international relations and wrote my thesis on international law and the effects of perestroika in the Soviet Union. I earned my PhD from Colorado State University in political science with an emphasis on international environmental politics, comparative central and Eastern European politics, and international relations. My dissertation was about Hungarian environmental NGOs and the influence on and access to the Hungarian government in the post-communist time frame. I love teaching and care about my students. I feel like I can learn as much from them as they can from me. To paraphrase Michelangelo, I'm still learning. For fun I love to read (everything--I own over 1000 books), cook, travel, swim, bike, and hang out with my family and our animals. We love to travel as a family and experience new places, cultures, and foods. We have taken our boys to several places in Europe. If I were not a professor, I probably would have become a chef. I love to cook and have certificates in artisan bread making and pastry making.