Department of Political Studies


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Zsuzsa Csergo

M.A., Ph.D. (George Washington) 

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Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C320
Phone: (613) 533-6234
Fax:  (613) 533-6848

Research Interests

Nationalism and the politics of ethnicity, Central and East European politics, majority-minority conflict and cooperation, the politics of language use, democracy and democratization, European integration

Brief Biography

Professor Zsuzsa Csergő specializes in the study of nationalism in contemporary European politics, with particular focus on post-communist Central and Eastern Europe.  Professor Csergő is the President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN). She is currently working on a comparative project about minority integration in the enlarged European Union.  Her book about majority-minority conflict over language use in Romania and Slovakia was published by Cornell University Press in 2007.  Her articles have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Foreign Policy, Nations and Nationalism, East European Politics and Societies, and other journals.  She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (September-December 2006), the 2005 Sherman Emerging Scholar Award from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and research grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, the American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council, the George Hoffman Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  During the 2010-11 academic year, she was a guest researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Austria.

Professor Csergo obtained her undergraduate education at the Babes olyai Universityin Cluj, Romania, and her graduate training at the George Washington University in Washington, DC (PhD in Political Science and MA in Russian and East European Studies).  Before joining the Queen’s faculty, she was Assistant Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Women’s Leadership Program in U.S. and International Politics at the George Washington University.  She was also a regular lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute. Since 2014, Zsuzsa has served as President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities and is also Associate Editor of Nationalities Papers.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nationalism, democratization, and Central and East European politics.

Selected Publications

Talk of the Nation: Language and Conflict in Romania and Slovakia (Cornell University Press, 2007)

“Liberalism and Cultural Claims in Central and Eastern Europe: Toward a Pluralist Balance,” in Nations and Nationalism, vol.17 no.1 (January 2011), with Kevin Deegan-Krause

“Nationalist Strategies and European Integration,” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 2 no.1 (March 2004), with James M. Goldgeier

"Do we need a language shift in the study of nationalism and ethnicity?  Reflections on Rogers Brubaker's critical scholarly agenda:  Review essay,"  Nations and Nationalism,vol. 14 no. 2 (April 2008)

“Beyond Ethnic Division:  Majority-Minority Debate about the Post-Communist State inRomania and Slovakia,” East European Politics and Societies, vol. 16 no. 1 (Winter 2001)