Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Csergo.jpgZsuzsa Csergo

Associate Professor
Department of Political Studies
Queen's University

Zsuzsa Csergo is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at Queen's University in Canada. After undergraduate studies in Hungarian and Latin Literatures and Linguistics at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, Csergo received her M.A. in Russian and East European Studies (1992) and her Ph.D. in Political Science (2000) from the George Washington University. 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.

Csergo's research and writing have focused on questions of nationalism and democratization in post-Cold War Europe, with particular interest in the politics of language rights, majority-minority relations in post-communist states, and kin-state and diaspora relations. She is the author of Talk of the Nation: Language and Conflict in Romania and Slovakia (Cornell University Press, 2007). She also published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Foreign Policy, Nations and Nationalism, East European Politics and Societies, as well as other journals and edited volumes. Her current research focuses on the sources of minority integration and exclusion in Central Europe.

Csergo has held a number of prestigious fellowships and awards, including the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (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/Social Science Research Council, the George Hoffman Foundation, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Csergo serves as Vice President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities and associate editor of Nationalities Papers. She is married and has two children.


  • 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
  • Changing forms of nationalism and territoriality in the enlarging European Union
  • Majority-minority conflict over language use in Romania and Slovakia