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An impressive scholar wins our inaugural Rising Star Award

Veronica AnghelWe are thrilled to announce that Veronica Anghel, Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, has been honoured with our inaugural Rising Star Award.

The award, made possible by our Bonus Fund, created as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, aims to recognise a remarkable PhD student or early career researcher considered to have star potential in the field of politics and international relations. 

As part of her prize, Veronica will enjoy free admission to some of our key events in 2021, deliver a talk for our virtual lecture series launching in December, and have the opportunity to publish a piece for our new blogsite, The Loop.

In light of the exceptional circumstances, we have chosen to present the award to Veronica virtually, and created a short video to capture this very special moment.

About Veronica

Veronica is an early career researcher focusing on the challenges to democratic regime building and party politics in post-communist Europe. She received her PhD summa cum laude from the University of Bucharest in co-direction with the University of Bordeaux. 

Veronica had been previously awarded fellowships at Stanford University (Fulbright), the Institute for Human Sciences Vienna, the Institute for Central Europe Vienna, the University of Bordeaux and the Institute for Government in Vienna. Her work is published in East European Politics and Societies, Government & Opposition, Survival and in edited volumes with Oxford University Press, Macmillan and ECPR Press. She is also the ‘Robert Elgie’ Editorial Fellow for Government & Opposition.

Veronica also worked as a foreign affairs advisor for the Romanian Presidential Administration and the Romanian Senate, and was selected by the US Department of State in the International Visitor Leadership Program. She comments on current affairs related to rule of law and party politics in Central Eastern Europe for numerous blogs and news outlets (,, The Guardian, Financial Times, etc.) and analysis units (The Economist Intelligence Unit, Oxford Analytica, etc).

► Veronica's latest publication – Veronica Anghel (2020) Together or Apart? The European Union’s East–West DivideSurvival, 62:3, 179-202.
► Coming soon – Anghel, Veronica Minority Cabinets in Romania: A Case of Stable InstabilityMinority Cabinets in Comparative Perspective, Edited by Bonnie N. Field and Shane Martin (eds.), Oxford University Press.

In her own words

‘I am stunned and honoured. There are many colleagues who deserve this so much more than me – those who made better career choices, who are better trained, more impactful, and who come from less privileged backgrounds.

I can only see this prize as a sign of renewed attention for research on the troubled democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. I am equally hopeful this means the ECPR network is extending its extraordinarily valuable influence to support the careers and research of Eastern European scholars.’

Twitter @anghel_veronica

From the nominator

Veronica was nominated by Erik Jones, Director of the European and Eurasian Studies programme at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna; where Veronica was a research associate at the time of nomination. 

Erik asserts that what makes Veronica a ‘Rising Star’ is '...her ability to bridge the worlds of politics, policy, and academia…She has a clear voice and an important contribution to make to our scholarly community and to relations between the world of scholarship and the world of public policy.

From our Jury

‘In the two years since the award of her doctorate, Veronica has already established a strong record of publications in international peer-reviewed academic journals and highly visible edited books with reputable publishers. In these publications she has quickly extended her areas of scholarly expertise and output beyond topics covered in her doctoral work.

The jury found her to be a Rising Star because she has begun to produce research output of considerable quality and is simultaneously a well-rounded scholar with excellent academic networks engaging beyond the academy and contributing to the development of innovative teaching methods in political science.'

2020 Rising Star Award Jury members

Thomas Saalfeld University of Bamberg (Jury Chair)
Kris Deschouwer Vrije Universiteit (Chair of the Executive Committee)
Mary Farrell Plymouth University
David Farrell University College Dublin
Tanja Munro ECPR Director