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Natasha Wunsch

Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Residency Dates: Fall 2022 | September 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022


Natasha Wunsch

Natasha Wunsch is a senior researcher and SNSF Ambizione Fellow at the European Politics Group of ETH Zurich, as well as an assistant professor of political science and European integration at Sciences Po. She is chair of the ECPR Standing Group on the European Union and member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group. Her research examines the interaction between processes of Europeanization and democratization, with a particular focus on democratic backsliding in the post-communist region.

At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Wunsch will focus on a book project that examines how democratic attitudes shape political behavior in contexts of democratic backsliding engaging in a comparative study of Poland and Hungary.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Senior Researcher, ETH Zurich
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science and European Integration, Sciences Po
  • Chair, ECPR Standing Group of the European Union
  • Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Democratic commitment: How divergent understandings of democracy shape political behavior in contexts of democratic backsliding


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

European Integration
Democratic Backsliding
Post-Communist Regions
Democracy Promotion

Select Publications

Wunsch, Natasha, and Nicole Olszewska. “From projection to introspection: enlargement discourses since the ‘big bang’ accession” Journal of European Integration, 2022.

Bélanger, Marie‐Ève, and Natasha Wunsch. “From Cohesion to Contagion? Populist Radical Right Contestation of EU Enlargement.” JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 60, no. 3 (2022): 653–72.

Chiru, Mihail, and Natasha Wunsch. “Democratic Backsliding as a Catalyst for Polity-Based Contestation? Populist Radical Right Cooperation in the European Parliament.” Journal of European Public Policy, 2021, 1–20.

Richter, Solveig, and Natasha Wunsch. “Money, Power, Glory: The Linkages between EU Conditionality and State Capture in the Western Balkans.” Journal of European Public Policy 27, no. 1 (2020): 41–62.