Veronica Anghel is a Postdoctoral Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at The Europe Center. Her research focuses on the challenges to democratic state building and party politics in post-communist Europe. Her project is centered on the clashes between the intrinsic effects of formal and informal institutions and elite agency as critical junctures that lead to different outcomes of democratization. Her main area of study is the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Currently, she engages in the academic debate regarding the perceived democratic ‘backlash’ of CEE post-communist states. Previously, Dr. Anghel held fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies, the Institute for Human Sciences Vienna, the Institute for Central Europe Vienna, the University of Bordeaux and the Institute for Government in Vienna. Following her Stanford appointment, Dr. Anghel will join the European University Institute in Florence on a Max Weber Scholarship (2020 – 2021).
Dr. Anghel received her PhD summa cum laude from the University of Bucharest in co-direction with the University of Bordeaux. Her thesis ‘The Formation of Coalition Governments in Romania: Patterns Behind the Drift’ was awarded the prize of the best dissertation defended in 2018. Research based on this work was published in East European Politics and Societies, Government & Opposition and edited volumes. She is an analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit and Oxford Analytica on issues related to CEE countries. She is also an editorial fellow for Government & Opposition. Dr. Anghel also worked as a foreign affairs advisor for the Romanian Presidential Administration (2015) and the Romanian Senate (2012 - 2015).