Department of Political Science and the College
Monika Nalepa’s research interests center around post-communist Europe and include transitional justice, parties and legislatures, and game theoretic approaches to comparative politics. Her first book, Skeletons in the Closet: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Europe (Cambridge University Press), received the Best Book award from the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), as well as the Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of APSA.
Her research has been published in the Journal of Comparative Politics, World Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Decyzje. Her next book manuscript, “Parties Ascendant,” examines the development of programmatic parties in new democracies, with a special focus on legislative institutions.
A native of Poland, Nalepa earned MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees in political science from Columbia University, as well as an MA in sociology and philosophy from Warsaw University. She also received prestigious fellowships from Princeton and Harvard Universities.
Nalepa joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.