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Grzegorz Ekiert

Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government and Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies

Grzegorz Ekiert


Grzegorz Ekiert

Grzegorz Ekiert is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government at Harvard University, Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), and Senior Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. At CES, he co-chairs the Seminar on Democracy – Past, Present, Future.

Ekiert's research and teaching interests focus on comparative politics, regime change and democratization, civil society and social movements and East European politics and societies. His books include: Ruling by Other Means: State-Mobilized Movements, co-editors Elizabeth J. Perry and Yan Xiaojun, (Cambridge University Press, 2020); Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Legacy of Communist Rule, co-editor Stephen Hanson, (Cambridge University Press 2003); Rebellious Civil Society. Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland, co-authored with Jan Kubik, (University of Michigan Press 1999); The State Against Society: Political Crises and Their Aftermath in East Central Europe, (Princeton University Press 1996). His papers have been published in numerous social science journals and edited volumes in the U.S., Europe and Asia.


  • Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Fall Course

Government 2148: Civil Society, West and East (Wednesdays 3:00-5:45pm)

Selected Publications

Other Affiliations

  • Senior Scholar, Harvard Academy for Area and International Studies
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee, Club of Madrid, Spain
  • Founding Member of Concilium Civitas, Collegium Civitas
  • Faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Davis Center for Russian and Euroasian Studies, the Ukrainian Research Institute, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University

Recent Lecture: "Civil Society & Democracy: A Reconsideration"