Cosmin Gabriel Marian - Head of Department



Curriculum Vitae

Cosmin Gabriel Marian specializes in research methods and social data modeling. He authored and co-authored a series of articles published in professional journals, including: Electoral Studies, East European Politics and Societies, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, International Journal of the Commons, European Political Science.

In recent years, some of his research interest focuses on analyzing the common property regime. Head of Department of Political Science since 2016.


Gabriel Bădescu



Curriculum Vitae

Gabriel Bădescu is Professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj. He has a degree in mathematics and sociology, a doctorate in sociology and a habilitation in political science. His recent studies include topics on educational policy, democratization and civil society. He majored in social statistics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report Fellow. Between 2009 and 2010 he coordinated the Agency for Government Strategies. He was a member of the National Council for Statistics and Forecasting of Higher Education, and is currently a member of the National Council for Scientific Research.

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Levente Salat



Curriculum Vitae

Levente Salat is professor and vice-dean at the Political Science Department, Babeş-Bolyai University where he teaches multiculturalism and intercultural communication (in Romanian and English), ethnopolitics (in Romanian, English and Hungarian), introduction to political science (in English), introduction to research methodology (in Hungarian), intercultural communication (MA, in English), management and leadership in organizations (MA, in English). He is chair of the board of the Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center, a Cluj-based NGO dealing with minority and interethnic issues. Since 2013 he has been external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on political consequences of diversity, ethnic politics, interethnic relations, Romanian–Hungarian relations. He published 4 books, edited or co-edited another 13, and published several studies and articles in edited books and various journals.

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Radu Ioanid

Visiting professor


Curriculum Vitae

Radu Ioanid is the Ambassador of Romania to Israel. Previously, he was Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's International Archival Programs Division. He is the author of several books on Romanian history and the Holocaust, including The Holocaust in Romania and The Ransom of the Jews: The Story of the Extraordinary Secret Bargain Between Romania and Israel. He earned his first doctorate at the University of Cluj, Romania, and his second doctorate at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. From 2003 to 2004 he served as the Vice-President for the International Commission for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, chaired by Elie Wiesel. In 2006 Ioanid received the distinguished rank of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, conferred by the French Minister of Culture.


Peter Balazs

Visiting professor


Curriculum vitae

Graduated in Budapest at the Faculty of Economics (today Corvinus University), he got his PhD degree and habilitated at the same University. He is a ScD of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In parallel with his government and diplomatic career he has been teaching and doing research. He was nominated Professor of the Corvinus University in 2000 and joined the CEU as a full time Professor in 2005. He is regularly lecturing at international conferences and universities in English, French, German and Hungarian languages. After 1990 Prof. Balázs joined the Government and the diplomatic service of Hungary several times. He was a State Secretary for Industry and Trade (1992-1993) and a State Secretary for European Integration (2002-2003). He was nominated Ambassador of Hungary to Denmark (1994-1996), Germany (1997-2000) and to the EU in Brussels (2003-2004). In 2009-2010 he was Foreign Minister of Hungary.
He also acquired experience in various EU positions. He was the Government Representative of Hungary in the European Convention drafting the Constitutional Treaty which has become, after several modifications, the Lisbon Treaty. In 2004 he was nominated the first Hungarian Member of the European Commission responsible for regional policy. On the invitation of the European Commission he coordinates priority projects of the Trans-European Transport Network.
Prof. Balázs is holding an Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair. His research activities are centered on the foreign policy of the EU and problems of the late modernization and European integration of the Eastern part of the continent. He also analyzes questions of European and global governance including the future of European institutions. At the CEU he is teaching two courses: EU Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy (fall semester) and European Governance (winter semester). He established (in 2005) and directs the CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS). Prof. Balázs published several books, chapters in books and articles. Professor Balázs received on February 21, 2016 the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award by Tufts University and the Institute for Global Leadership "in recognition of his integrity and valor as Foreign Minister, encouraging respect for humanities values and rule of law and fighting discrimination."


Jeffrey Sommers

Visiting Professor


Curriculum Vitae


Jeffrey Sommers is a professor professor of political economy and public policy at the University of Wiscoonsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He also is Senior Fellow at UWM's Institute of World Affairs. He has held several US State Department Fulbright Awards to East Europe. Additionally, he has served as an invited specialist for a State Department new Ambassador training in Washington, DC. Furthermore, his counsel has been sought by investors, along with ministerial and government leaders through to the prime minister level. In addition to his academic work, he has been published in outlets such as the Financial Times, The New York Times,  Project Syndicate, The Guardian, The Nation, Social Europe and others.


Emil Boc

Associate Professor


Curriculum Vitae

Founding member of Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Emil Boc is Dr. Associate Professor at the Political Sciences Department. Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Philosophy, Emil Boc received his doctorate in Philosophy at Babes-Bolyai University and was distinguished with Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by Michigan State University, East Lansing. Academic publications and courses offered by Emil Boc address topics that range from comparative constitutional law, Romanian constitutional law and political institutions, good governance and local governance. Emil Boc is teaching academic courses as Constitutional Law and Political Institutions, Romanian Political System, at BA level, and Legislative and Electoral Procedures, at MA level. Emil Boc was the Prime Minister of Romania between 2008 - 2012, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca between 2004 - 2008, 2012 - 2016, member of the Chamber of Deputies between 2000 - 2004, president of Democrat-Liberal Party between 2005 - 2012 and, in present, he is the Mayor of Cluj-Napoca.


Petruța Teampău

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

Petruţa Teampău is lecturer in the Department of Political Science since 2009. She has a BA in Political Science, and an MA in cultural anthropology. She is a doctor in anthropology at UBB since 2008. Her research interests include urban anthropology, gender studies and cultural studies. She has published books and articles on topics such as social memory and urban narratives, body as cultural representation, and gender ideologies and practices during communism and post-communism. Anthropology of the body (tatoos), Urban studies (memory, nostalgia and urban communities).


Bogdan Radu

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

Bogdan Radu is lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the coordinator of the MA program in International Development. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine and an MA in European Politics from the University of Manchester. His research interests revolve around the study of political culture in postcommunist countries, the role of public opinion in international relations, and the ways in which political values are influenced by religious and social factors, among young people and the adult population. His latest publication (“Tolerance of Liberal Values in Romania: Anti-Abortion from Strategies between Religious Belief and Civil Society Mobilisation” in Religion as Empowerment, edited by Kyriaki Topidi si Lauren Fielder, Routledge June 2016), co-authored with Cosmina Paul, analyzes the effects of religious belief and participation on attitudes towards abortion in Romania. In 2015, Bogdan won a research grant financed by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, in which he coordinates a team of researchers investigating the connections between religion and social capital among the youth.


Cynthia Carmen Curt

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

Cynthia Carmen Curt is Dr. Lecturer at Political Sciences, Administrative and Communication Faculty. A graduate of Babes-Bolyai University Law Faculty, Cynthia Carmen Curt has a LL.M in Law and Public Administration and a PhD in International Relations and European Studies. Her publications and academic courses address topics that range from constitutional law and political institutions, human rights and public liberties to integrity in public sector. Cynthia Carmen Curt teaches courses as Romanian Political System (English), Romanian Constitutional System (English and Romanian), Human Rights and Public Liberties in Romania (English and Romanian), and Public Integrity. Constitutional approach to conflicts of interests and incompatibilities (postgraduate program), Legislative and Electoral Procedures (seminar, MA). Cynthia Curt is a member of Law Bar of Cluj-Napoca as an attorney at law and exerted public dignities in central public administration, as vice-prefect of Cluj County (2005-2008), state counselor of Prime-minister (2009 - 2011), consul general of Romania (2011 - 2012) and government inspector (2015 - present).


George Jiglău

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

George Jiglău is lecturer at the Political Science Department of the Babeş-Bolyai University, and researcher at the Center for the Study of Democracy, a think tank aiming to make a contribution to the improvement of legislation in the area of education, citizens’ rights and their participation in the political life, national security, and the political system as a whole. He authored and co-authored several books and articles on party politics, ethnicity and ethnic relations, elections and electoral systems.


Irina Ana Kantor

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

Irina Ana Kantor holds a PhD in Philosophy and is specialized in modern political philosophy. She is the head of the Management of Political Organizations MA Program.

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Daniel Pop

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

Daniel serves as Director for research at the Ethnocutural Diversity Center. He earned his BA in Political Science at the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration of the Babes-Bolyai University, an M.A. in Public Policy at the Denver University Graduate School of International Studies, and a PhD. in Political Science from the Central European University). Since 2007 Daniel also serves as Senior Education Advisor at the Open Society Foundations. His research interests and publication focus on regulatory governance, welfare markets and public-civil society relations. 


Kinga-Koretta Sata

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

Kinga-Koretta Sata is a university lecturer within the Political Science Department. Her research interests include the history of political thought, especially in the 19th century and in Central and Eastern Europe, modern and contemporary political theory and the theory of democracy. Her recent publications include The People Incorporated: Constructions of the Nation in Transylvanian Romanian Liberalism, 1838–1848 (Sofia: Center for Advanced Studies, 2011).


Zoltán Pálfy

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

Zoltán Pálfy is a university lecturer within the Political Science Department. His research interests include the modern political history of East-Central Europe, the social history of higher education, conflict resolution, nationalism and the history of ethnic minorities. His most recent publication is A New Middle Class on Old Academic Grounds: Law Students of the Cluj University in the 1930s (Cluj, Studia, 2015)

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Toma Burean

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

Toma Burean is lecturer at the Political Science Department, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. His interests include political representation, political behavior, youth political attitudes and social trust. His recent publications include Toma Burean. 2011. “The Voting Behavior of Romanians Abroad.” in Ronald F. King and Paul E. Sum, eds. Romania under Basescu: Aspirations, Achievements, and Frustrations during his First Presidential Term, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Anghel Remus Gabriel and Toma Burean. 2012. Patterns of Sociality: Migratory Intentions and Perception of Otherness among Foreign Students in Cluj, Romania in editor Thierry Bulot “Espaces discursifs”. Paris: L’Harmattan. Political parties, comparative politics, political behavior.

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Borbála Kovács

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae


Borbála is lecturer in public policy at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University. Prior to this position she was post-doctoral research fellow at Aarhus Universitet (2018-2022) and teaching faculty at Central European University, Budapest (2013-2018). She earned her DPhil in social policy at the University of Oxford in 2013. She has worked on the sociology of childcare and family policies, tax policy, welfare state transformation in Central and Eastern Europe and has expertise in qualitative research. She published most recently in Social Policy & Society, Journal of European Social Policy and Global Social Policy. Her next volume, with Jeremy Morris, is planned for 2024.



Daniela Angi



Curriculum Vitae

Daniela Angi is a researcher in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Daniela Angi has a PhD in Sociology from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw Poland. The chief research topic that grounded Dr. Angi’s research activity is civil society and the related issues of social capital and civic engagement of youth. In addition, her recent research (scientific and applied) covers issues related to citizenship and various topics related to education (civic education, education for a democratic citizenship and structural dysfunctions of the education system, such as inequalities and early school leaving).


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Florin Feșnic




Curriculum Vitae

Florin Fesnic is a researcher at the Center for the Study of Democracy in the Department of Political Science, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj. His research interests include civic education, democratization, institutional design, political sociology, voting behavior, political parties and party systems, the determinants and political consequences of modernization, political paradoxes, and scientometrics. His recent publications include “The Democratic-Liberal Party as a Successful Catch-All Party” (2011), in Ronald King & Paul Sum (eds.), Romania under Băsescu, Lexington Books, “Can Civic Education Make a Difference for Democracy? Hungary and Poland Compared” (Political Studies 64, 4, 966-978, DOI: 10.1111/1467-9248.12215) and “This time it’s different? Effects of the Eurovision Debate on young citizens” (with Jürgen Maier, Thorsten Faas, Carmen Greab, et al. Journal of European Public Policy 25, 4: 606-629. DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1268643).



Anca Sinea

Associate researcher and teaching assistant


Curriculum Vitae

Anca Sinea holds a PhD and develops research on the regional role Romania is playing in the broader framework of the EU energy policy at the Center for International Studies. She holds a double Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (from The National School for Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest) and Political Science (Université Paris X) and a Master’s diploma in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the University of Vienna. Her subjects of interest include inter alia Resource Politics, Energy Diplomacy, Diplomatic Protocol, National Security.