• Biography

Email: vtisman at umd•edu

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Bucharest, 1980
  • B.A., University of Bucharest, 1974

Select Publications

  • Fantasies of Salvation: Democracy, Nationalism and Myth in Post-Communist Europe (Princeton University Press, 1998)
  • Reinventing Politics: Eastern Europe from Stalin to Havel (Free Press, 1994)

Research Areas

Communist Political Systems, Comparative Politics, Political Sociology, and Political Theory. Research interests include forms of political participation, democracy building, the dynamics of political parties in East-Central Europe, and the theoretical foundations of civil society.

Fields of Study

  • Classical Political Theory
  • Formal Political Theory
  • Comparative Politics