Aurelian Muntean


Aurelian Muntean (PhD. in sociology at SNSPA Bucharest) is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. He is vice-president of the Foundation. His research interests range from electoral studies, political parties, and legislative-executive relations, to labor relations and church-state relations. He was Fulbright Senior Scholar at Columbia University, East European Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Washington D.C, and International Policy Fellow at the Open Society Institute Budapest. He has published in Electoral Studies, Social Change Review, Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, Journal for the Study of Religion and Ideologies, and chapters in various edited volumes.

Aurelian Muntean has coordinated and was member in more than 20 research projects since 2001, on topics ranging from social inequalities (financial support from the European Commission through FP6), to deliberative democracy and electoral studies (EC – FP7), civic participation in Romania (EEA Grants; GMFUS), parties and interest groups (Open Society Institute Budapest, the US Embassy in Bucharest, OSF Bucharest), campaign personalization and legislative behavior (UEFISCDI), Balkans’ integration in EU (EC – FP5), evaluation of secondary education in Romania (Romanian Ministry of Education). He has extensive training in statistics from ICPSR – University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the National Summer School in Statistics at “Babes-Bolyai” University Cluj. He has experience in collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data. He is member in the American Political Science Association, European Political Science Association, the Society for Romanian Sociologists, and the Romanian Society for Political Science. He was the principal co-organizer of the IREC 2013 international conference. He is the director of the MA Program in Labor Studies at SNSPA, the only program on this field, in Romania, with English as teaching language.


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