Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme (2017)
Cristina Gherasimov
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Before joining Chatham House, Cristina Gherasimov was a lecturer in International Relations and European Politics at Rutgers University from 2013 to 2016.

Her research interests include democratic backsliding in the new EU member states, corruption, European integration, migration, and political developments in the post-Soviet space.

From 2012 to 2016 she also worked as research associate at Rutgers University Education and Employment Centre managing qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis of trade adjustment assistance projects.

Cristina has experience in consulting and research in democratization, Europeanization, and institutional developments in Central and Eastern Europe and the post-communist states, workforce development, and regional project implementation. Her research at Chatham House examines party financing and political elite renewal in Moldova and Ukraine.

Cristina has an MA degree from the European Institute for Advanced International Studies in France, and one from the University of Wroclaw in Poland. She is finalizing her PhD degree in Political Science at Rutgers University in New Jersey. 

Cristina’s fellowship is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


  • Political transitions and democratization in the post-soviet space and Central and Eastern Europe
  • European integration
  • Corruption and anti-corruption
  • Moldovan domestic politics
  • Civil society in the post-soviet space and Central and Eastern Europe


2015-16Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Comparative and International Studies, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2013-16Part-time Lecturer (European Politics, Introduction to International Relations, Women and Public Policy, Model United Nations, Comparative Politics), Rutgers University, New Jersey, US
2012-16Research Associate, Education and Employment Center, School of Management and Labour Relations, Rutgers University, New Jersey, US
2010 -PhD Candidate (thesis: Post-Accession Democratic Backsliding in the New Europe: The Case of Anti-Corruption Performance), Department of Political Science, Rutgers University, New Jersey, US

MA Degree in International Relations, University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland


MA Degree in Advanced International and European Studies, European Institute for Advanced International Studies, Nice, France and Berlin, Germany