Ronald H. Linden PhD, Princeton University, 1976

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RONALD H. LINDEN is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

A Princeton Ph.D. (1976), he was Director of the EU Center of Excellence and the European Studies Center at Pitt from 2011-15, and was Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies from 1984-89 and 1991-98. From 1989 to 1991 Dr. Linden 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. He is co-author and editor of the volume, Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition (2012) and was a Contributing Author to the volume, The Berlin Wall: 20 Years Later (2009), published by the US Department of State commemorating twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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 “EU Accession and the Role of International Actors,” in Sharon Wolchik and Jane Curry (eds.) Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, 2nd edition (2008).

During 2009-2010 Dr. Linden was a Transatlantic Academy Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, in Washington, where he was part of a project devoted to studying Turkish foreign policy. He has 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 a capstone seminar for political science majors on “Transformations at the Edge of Europe.”


Areas of Expertise

International politics, East Europe


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

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]

Irepoglu, Yasemin and Ronald H. Linden.“Turkey and the Balkans: New Forms of Political Community?”. Turkish Studies, forthcoming

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]


PS 0500 World Politics

PS 1513 Foreign Policies in a World of Change

PS 1521 East Europe in World Politics

PS 1530 The New International Relations of Europe

PS 2342 East Europe: Communism, Revolution, and Transition