Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

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Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Romanian pronunciation: [aˈlina munˈd͡ʒi.u piˈpidi]; born March 12, 1964) is a Romanian political scientist, academic, journalist and writer. A commentator on national politics, she is one of the civil society activists in post-1989 Romania, and, since 1990, an active contributor to 22. Mungiu-Pippidi was a professor at the National School of Administration and Political Science of Bucharest in Bucharest, where she held courses on nationalism and electoral behavior. She has also lectured on post-Cold War transition to a market economy at several universities and business schools, including Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Oxford and the Stockholm School of Economics. She is the sister of film director Cristian Mungiu. In August 2007 she assumed a professorship in democracy studies at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. She founded and currently chairs the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building[1] and co-directs the EU FP7 five years research project ANTICORRP.[2]


Born in Iaşi, she graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Iaşi. Starting in her student years, she began contributing essays of literary criticism to the magazine Cronica. After 1993, she worked for the Bucharest daily Express (until 1994). She was also the Romanian correspondent for the French newspaper Le Monde (1992–1993), and was employed as a news editor by the Romanian Television Company (1997–1998). In 2000, she authored a political science textbook for optional studies in high schools.

Mungiu-Pippidi holds a doctorate in social psychology.[3] She visited Harvard University twice, first as a Fulbright fellow in the Government Department (1994–1995), and then as Shorenstein fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (1998–1999).

In 1995, she founded Romania's largest think tank, the Romanian Academic Society (SAR), which issued several reports that were at the center of public debates (among others, they were credited with promoting steps that led the Parliament to ultimately adopt legislation regarding freedom of information, flat taxation, and other approaches to Romania's accession to the European Union)[citation needed]. Mungiu-Pippidi is currently the SAR's president. She has also created and led the "Coalition for a Clean Parliament" (Coaliţia pentru un Parlament Curat), which in the wake of the 2004 legislative elections, campaigned for candidates with reported moral problems (such as incompatibility or undergoing the investigation of judicial authorities) to be excluded from party lists (98 candidatures were withdrawn following the coalition's campaign).[citation needed]

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Selected works[edit]


The Quest for Good Governance: How Societies Develop Control of Corruption, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015 [7]

A Tale of Two Villages. Coerced Modernization in the East European Countryside, Budapest: CEU Press, 2010 [8]

Ottomans into Europeans: State and Institution Building in South-Eastern Europe (editor), London: Hurst; Boulder: Columbia University Press, 2010 [9]

Nationalism after Communism. Lessons Learned from Nation and State Building, edited with Ivan Krastev New York and Budapest: Central European University Press, 2004 [10]


  • Românii după '89 ("The Romanians after '89")
  • Doctrine politice. Concepte universale şi realităţi româneşti ("Political doctrines. Universal concepts and Romanian realities"), 1998
  • Introducere în politologie. Manual opţional pentru liceu. ("An introduction to politology. Optional textbook for high school"), 2000
  • Romania after 2000. Threats and Challenges, 2002


Alina Mungiu-Pippidi has also written a number of plays, the most high-profile of which has been The Evangelists. The play, which was written in the 1990s, only debuted in Romania in 2005, where it sparked a considerable amount of controversy from Christian religious groups, who labeled it as "blasphemy" and "an attack against public morals".[11] The play is based on the life of Jesus from a different point of view than that of the New Testament. Among its controversial scenes is one in which it is suggested that Mary Magdalene has oral sex with Jesus.


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