aszj1.jpg  Welcome to my homepage!  I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Richmond.  After receiving my Ph.D. from Yale University (Political Science) in 2006, I spent the 2006-07 academic year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.  My research focuses on the politics of economic reform and industrial restructuring in transition economies and on the resulting types of capitalism that emerge in the postcommunist region.  My current book project examines the mechanisms through which politicians use state capacity and resources to fulfill their political objectives while balancing between domestic and external pressures for either policy stability or change.  The project examines the critical steel sector in four postcommunist countries: Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Romania. In related pieces, I consider the intersection of industrial relations in heavy industry with political and economic reform as well as explore managerial attitudes to restructuring.  In a separate project, I study the effect of ruling communist successor parties on the level of economic reform.  I currently teach survey courses on comparative and European politics; research methods; transitions from communism in Europe and Eurasia, as well as more specialized seminars on the political, economic, and social aspects of transition. On this homepage, you will find links to my articles and syllabi.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments (asznajde@richmond.edu).