Skip to content

Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government

Back to directory

Grzegorz Ekiert

Resident Faculty

Grzegorz Ekiert

Resident Faculty


Grzegorz Ekiert

Grzegorz Ekiert is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government at Harvard University and senior scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He is a resident faculty at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) where 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.

Ekiert served as director of CES from 2012-2023.


  • Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Resident Faculty & Director (2012-2023), Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Selected Publications

Ekiert, Grzegorz. "Civil Society as a Threat to Democracy: The Case of Poland,” Open Forum, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University Series, (2020).

Merkel, Wolfgang, Raj Kollmorgen, Wagener Hans-Jürgen, and Grzegorz Ekiert. “Civil Society Approach.” Essay. In The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation, 151–60. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Ekiert, Grzegorz, Jan Kubik, and Michal Wenzel. “Civil Society and Three Dimensions of Inequality in Post-1989 Poland.” Comparative Politics 49, no. 3 (2017): 331–50.

Ekiert, Grzegorz. “Three Generations of Research on Post Communist Politics—A Sketch.” East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures 29, no. 2 (2015): 323–37.

Ekiert, Grzegorz, and Jan Kubik. “Myths and Realities of Civil Society.” Journal of Democracy 25, no. 1 (2014): 46–58.

Ekiert, Grzegorz, and Daniel Ziblatt. “Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe 100 Years On.” East European Politics and Societies 27, no. 1 (February 2013): 88–105.

Ekiert, Grzegorz. “The End of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe: The Last Middle-Class Revolution?” Political Power and Social Theory 21 (2010): 99–123.

Ekiert, Grzegorz. “Dilemmas of Europeanization: Eastern and Central Europe after the EU Enlargement.” Acta Slavica Iaponica 25 (2008): 1-28.

Ekiert, Grzegorz, Jan Kubik, and Milada Anna Vachudova. “Democracy in the Post-Communist World: An Unending Quest?” East European Politics and Societies 21, no. 1 (2007): 1–24.

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"