Bio


Anna Grzymala-Busse is the Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies in the Department of Political Science, the Director of the Europe Center, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute. Her research focuses on the historical development of the state and its transformation, political parties, religion and politics, and post-communist politics. Other areas of interest include populism, informal institutions, and the role of temporality and causal mechanisms in social science explanations.

She is the author of three books: Redeeming the Communist Past: The Regeneration of Communist Successor Parties; Rebuilding Leviathan: Party Competition and State Development in Post-Communist Europe; and Nations Under God: How Churches Use Moral Authority to Influence Politics. She is also a recipient of the Carnegie and Guggenheim Fellowships.

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Director, The Europe Center (2018 - Present)

Program Affiliations


  • Program in International Relations

2020-21 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Haemin Jee
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Hans Lueders
  • Doctoral Dissertation Co-Advisor (AC)
    Aliz Toth
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Camille DeJarnett, Hanna Folsz

All Publications