Ph.D, University of California – Berkeley, 2003
Conor O’Dwyer is Associate Professor of Political Science with a joint appointment through the Center for European Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. His teaching areas include comparative politics, East European politics, and research design and methods. His current research focuses on patronage politics, party competition, and state-building in democratizing countries, particularly in post-Communist Europe. His recently completed dissertation on this topic “Runaway State-Building: How Parties Shape States in Post-Communist Eastern Europe,” was selected as the best dissertation of 2004 by the European Politics and Society section of the American Political Science Association. Other research interests include the politics of EU enlargement, decentralization in comparative perspective, and the political economy of social policy and health care reforms in post-Communist countries. Prior to coming to the University of Florida, O’Dwyer was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.