Ronald H. Linden

  • Professor

RONALD H. LINDEN is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2011 through 2016 he was Director of the European Studies Center at Pitt, a National Resource Center and Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence 

A Princeton Ph.D. (1976), Dr. Linden was Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies from 1984-89 and 1991-98. From 1989 to 1991 he served as Director of Research for Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany with responsibility for observing and analyzing the extraordinary changes in East Europe. Dr. Linden’s research career has focused on Central and Southeastern Europe, including in recent years, Turkey.  His current research, supported by a Fulbright-Schuman grant and the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, explores the impact on US-European relations of growing Chinese trade and investment in Europe. A short exploration of this dynamic with regard to Germany appears on the website of AICGS.

Professor Linden is the co-author and editor of the volume, Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition (2012) and with Yasemin Irepoğlu, “Turkey and the Balkans: New Forms of Political Community?” Turkish Studies (2013).  He was a Contributing Author to the volume, The Berlin Wall: 20 Years Later (2009), published by the US Department of State. 

Other publications include introductions for and editing of two Special Issues of Problems of Post-Communism, on “The Meaning of 1989 and After,” (2009) and on “The New Populism in Central and Southeast Europe” (2008). He is the author of “The Burden of Belonging: Romanian and Bulgarian Foreign Policy in the New Era,” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (2009) and, “The EU and East Central Europe: Forging a New Relationship,” in Sharon Wolchik and Jane Curry, Eds., Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, 4th Ed., forthcoming.

During spring, 2018 Dr. Linden will be a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar in Rome, Italy and Bruges, Belgium.  During fall, 2016 he held a DAAD Research Fellowship at the American Institute for Contemporary Germany Studies in Washington, DC.  Previously, he has been a Transatlantic Academy Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and received research grants from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and from the International Research and Exchanges Board. He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, a Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace under the Jennings Randolph Program on International Peace, and a Guest Scholar of the East European Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

At Pitt he has taught courses on world politics, comparative foreign policies, East Europe, and a graduate seminar on East European politics and capstone seminars for political science majors on “Transformations at the Edge of Europe” and “The New International Relations of Europe.”


PS 0500 World Politics

PS 1381 Transformations at the Edge of Europe (Capstone)

PS 1513 Foreign Policies in a World of Change

PS 1521 East Europe in World Politics

PS 1581 The New International Relations of Europe (Capstone)

PS 2342 East Europe: Communism, Revolution, and Transition (Graduate)

Representative Publications

Linden, Ronald H. with Shane Killian, “EU Accession and After,” in Sharon Wolchik and Jane Curry, Eds., Central and East European Politics: From Communism in Democracy, 3rd Ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. [LINK]

Linden, Ronald H., Ahmet Evin, Kemal Kirisci, Thomas Straubhaar, Nathalie Tocci, Juliette Tolay, Joshua Walker. 2012. Turkey and its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition. Boulder: Lynne Rienner [LINK]

Linden, Ronald H. 2009. “The Burden of Belonging: Romanian and Bulgarian Foreign Policy in the New Era.” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 11(3): 269-292. [PDF]

Linden, Ronald H. 2007. “Balkan Geometry: Turkish Accession and the International Relations of Southeast Europe.” Orbis (Spring): 331-348. [PDF]

Research Interests

International politics, East Europe