Director of Studies / Associate Professor
Maria Spirova is a senior lecturer of Comparative Politics and International Relations. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and has previously studied political science at the Central European University and the American University in Bulgaria. Before coming to Leiden, Dr. Spirova taught at Gettysburg College, PA.
She works in the area of comparative politics and her research interests include political parties, party patronage and corruption and the democratic representation of ethnic minorities. In addition, she serves as book reviews editor for East European Politics.
› Curriculum vitae & publications Maria Spirova
Maria Spirova is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:
- political parties
- patronage, clientelism and corruption
- ethnic politics and minority policy
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