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.

Dr. Linden’s research career has focused on Central and Southeastern Europe, including in recent years,Turkey. His most recent publications on the region include introductions for and editing of 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).  He is the author of “EU Accession and the Role of International Actors,” in Sharon Wolchik and Jane Curry (eds.) Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, 2nd edition and “The Burden of Belonging: Romanian and Bulgarian Foreign Policy in the New Era,” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (2009). He was also a contributing author to the volume, The Berlin Wall: 20 Years Later, published by the US Department of State in 2009 to commemorate 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.  He is co-author and editor of the forthcoming volume, Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition.

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.

In addition to his time as a faculty member in Political Science, Dr. Linden served as Director of Research for Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany, from 1989 to 1991, where his responsibilities included supervision of the publication of the weekly Report on Eastern Europe.  During 1984-89 and 1991-98, he also served as Director for the Center for Russian and East European Studies.