The Director



Dr. Ronald Linden was appointed director of the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center in January 2011.  He is also a Professor of Political Science, and has been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh since 1977.

A Princeton Ph.D. (1976), he was Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at Pitt from 1984-89 and 1991-98. From 1989 to 1991 Dr. Linden served as Director of Research for Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany with responsibility for observing and analyzing the extraordinary changes in East Europe and overseeing publication of the weekly Report on Eastern Europe.

Dr. Linden’s research has focused on Central and Southeastern Europe, and, in recent years, Turkey’s foreign policy. His publications include: Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition (2012) and, with Yasemin Irepoğlu, “Turkey and the Balkans: New Forms of Political Community?” in Turkish Studies (2013). His publications on East Europe include editing two Special Issues of Problems of Post- Communism, on “The Meaning of 1989 and After,” (2009) and on “The New Populism in Central and Southeast Europe” (2008); and, with Shane Killian, “EU Accession and After,” in Sharon Wolchik and Jane Curry (eds.) Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, 3rd Ed., (2015). Dr. Linden was a Contributing Author to the volume, The Berlin Wall: 20 Years Later (2009), published by the US Department of State commemorating twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In 2009-2010, Dr. Linden was awarded a Transatlantic Academy Fellowship from the German Marshall Fund in Washington where he was part of a project devoted to studying Turkish foreign policy. Dr. Linden has received research grants from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and from the International Research and Exchanges Board.  He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, a Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace under the Jennings Randolph Program on International Peace, and a Guest Scholar of the East European Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center.