Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (PHD in Social Psychology, 1995) teaches Democratisation and Policy Analysis at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin since 2007 and is the President of Romanian Academic Society (SAR). She studied political science at Harvard University after completing a PhD in Social Psychology in 1995 at the University of Iasi in Romania. She chairs the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State Building Research and co-directs the EU FP7 five years research project ANTICORRP.

She serves as an adviser on issues of anti-corruption to the European Commission DG Home, after having consulted in the past for UNDP, Freedom House, NORAD, DFID and World Bank, among others. In 1996 she founded the think tank Romanian Academic Society, which has since played an important role in promoting good governance in Romania, and inspired and advised many civil society anti-corruption coalitions in other countries. Her research interests are in the area of Europeanization, state building, institutional transformation, and development of modern governance.

She was awarded various research fellowships, such as Harvard University Shorenstein Fellowship, Open Society Institute Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship and Jean Monnet Fellowship of the European University Institute.

Her work on EU enlargement has been quoted more than once in the mainstream media, for instance in newspapers like the Economist, Financial Times, Le Monde, International Herald Tribune, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. European Voice, the Brussels based weekly of The Economist, nominated her among the Europeans of the Year in 2005.

She taught at the University of Bucharest and SNSPA Romania and was a visiting scholar at Harvard, Stanford, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC, New York School for Social Research, New York University, European University Institute and St. Antony's College of Oxford University, among others. She writes in English, Romanian and French. She is a frequent writer to political science journals on topics of state building of East Central Europe and European enlargement.

Her main books are: A Tale of Two Villages/Secera si buldozerul, in Romanian/Deux Villages, in French, (Polirom-CEU Press- l'Harmattan, 2010), BBC documentary with the same name; Ottomans into Europeans (Columbia University Press, 2010); Nationalism after Communism (CEU Press, 2004); she has 12 papers indexed in Social Science Citation Index and over 30 in Harzing.

Her work on good governance was quoted at length in two World Bank reports: Empowerment and Poverty Reduction: A Sourcebook [pdf] and Anti-Corruption in Transition 3: Who is Succeeding... and Why?