Lenka Bustikova, Ph.D.
Director, Center for European Studies
Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Florida
editor of East European Politics
editor of Cambridge Elements on Politics and Society from Central Europe to Central Asia
editor of Routledge Studies on Political Parties and Party Systems
Lenka Buštíková is a Director of the Center for European Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida (UF). She grew up in Prague and previously taught at the University of Oxford and Arizona State University. Her research focuses on illiberalism, polarization, and democratic erosion. She is part of the East European Politics Group in the Department of Political Science at UF. Her book, Extreme Reactions: Radical Right Mobilization in Eastern Europe, received Harvard University’s Davis Center Book Prize in political and social studies. She is also a recipient of the Best Article Prize from the European Politics and Society Section and Best Paper Prize from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Buštíková currently serves as editor of the journal East European Politics. She is also an editor of Cambridge Elements on Politics and Society from Central Europe to Central Asia and Routledge Studies on Political Parties and Party Systems. She serves as Head of the Advisory Board for the Czech National Institute for the Study of Socioeconomic Impacts of Risks.
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Lenka Buštíková grew up in Prague and holds a PhD in political science from Duke University and MA degrees from Charles University, Central European University and Harvard University. She is Associate Professor in European Union and Comparative East European Politics at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on party politics, voting behavior, clientelism, and state capacity, with special reference to Eastern Europe. Her book, Extreme Reactions: Radical Right Mobilization in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press), demonstrates that far right parties mobilize against politically ascendant minorities. It received the Davis Center Book Prize in political and social studies (2020). Her co-authored element Defection Denied assesses theories about wartime attitudes toward militant groups in Dagestan using survey experiments.
She is the recipient of the 2015 Best Article Prize, awarded by the American Political Science Association's European Politics and Society Section, for her article "Revenge of the Radical Right", and also the recipient of the 2017 Best Paper Prize, awarded by the American Political Science Association's Comparative Democratization Section, for her paper co-authored with Cristina Corduneanu-Huci "Patronage, Trust and State Capacity: The Historical Trajectories of Clientelism". Her research has been supported by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.
She is currently serving as an editor of East European Politics, Cambridge Elements Series on the Politics and Society in Eastern Europe and Eurasia and is an incoming editor of Routledge Studies on Political Parties and Party Systems.
Associate Professor in European Union and Comparative East European Politics
Department of Politics and International Relations
Oxford School of Global and Area Studies
St Antony's College, Governing Body Fellow
European Studies Centre
Nuffield College, Associate Member
University of Oxford
Oxford Belarus Observatory (OBO)
Head of the Scientific Board (ISAB) for SYRI (Czech Republic)
European Union Studies Association, member of the executive committee