Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

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Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is a political scientist, journalist, writer and academic researcher from Romania, serving as the chair of the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State Building and the co-director of the EU’s FP7 project, ANTICORRP. She earned a degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Iaşi before earning a doctorate in social psychology. She studied at Harvard as a Fulbright fellow and as a Shorenstein fellow. She is the founder of Romania’s most prolific think tank, the Romanian Academy Society, which has promoted greater freedom of information, flat taxation and methods for achieving European Union membership. She also started an organization that attempts to clean up the pool of political candidates before they can get into office, called the Coalition for a Clean Parliament.

She wrote a play called The Evangelists, which created controversy for its depiction of the relationship between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Not all of her writings have been controversial, and her books, The Quest for Good Governance: How Societies Develop Control of Corruption and A Tale of Two Villages: Coerced Modernization in the East European Countryside, were well-received analyses of systems of governance.

She is the editor of the Romanian Journal of Political Science.

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According to Wikipedia, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is a Romanian political scientist, academic, journalist and writer. A commentator on national politics, she is one of the civil society activists in post-1989 Romania, and, since 1990, an active contributor to Revista 22 weekly. Mungiu-Pippidi was a professor at the National School of Administration and Political Science in Bucharest, where she held courses on nationalism and electoral behavior. She has also lectured on post-Cold War transition to a market economy at several universities and business schools, including Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Oxford, and the Stockholm School of Economics. She is the sister of film director Cristian Mungiu. In August 2007 she assumed a professorship in democracy studies at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. She founded and currently chairs the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building and co-directs the EU FP7 five years research project ANTICORRP. In 2022 her work surpassed 5000 citations on Google Scholar, more than any other Romanian political scientist.

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