Lavinia Stan

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Lavinia Stan (born 1966 in Piteşti, Romania; Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto) is a Professor of political science at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada. She emigrated to Canada shortly after 1989 and is currently living in Montreal, Quebec.

Academic career[edit]

From 2001-2003 she taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax, while from 2006-2008 she taught at Concordia University in Montreal. Since 2009, Stan has served as associate editor of the Women's Studies International Forum, a peer-reviewed journal published by Elsevier. Since January 2014 Lavinia Stan has served as the President of the Society for Romanian Studies, the premier international organization on Romanian Studies. She was the President of the Wildavsky Prize Committee of the American Political Science Association (2006-2008), member of the doctoral grants committee and the standard research grants committee for interdisciplinary research of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2003-2006, and 2010-2011, respectively), member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of Romanian Exile in Bucharest (2010-2012), member of the commission on social sciences of the National Commission for Attestation of University Titles and Diplomas (Consiliul National de Atestare a Titlurilor si Diplomelor Universitare, CNATDCU), and an evaluator for the National Council for Scientific Research (Agentia Nationala de Cercetare Stiintifica) of the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport (2011-2012), the University Babes-Bolyai (2013), and the British Academy's Leverhulme Small Research Grants (2014), among others. She is a member of the editorial or advisory boards of some twenty scholarly journals published in North America and Europe, including Human Rights Review. She has been a member of the Club of Rome since 2009.

Stan has served as an expert witness in a number of deportation and asylum cases in American courts. She has been interviewed by newspapers such as El Pais (Spain), Haaretz (Israel), Embassy (Canada), MacLean's (Canada), The Concordian (Canada), L'Organe (Canada), National Journal (USA), România Liberă (Romania), Meridianul românesc, Terra Nova Magazine, as well as news agencies such as Reuters, Voice of America, radio stations such as Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and television stations such as Eastlink and the public Polish TV. In December 2009, on the occasion of 20 years since the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, she gave interviews to many Western European and North American media outlets, including a participation by satellite in a debate organized by the TV channel France 24.


Lavinia Stan's publications have dealt with three major themes: transitional justice, religion and politics, and democratization broadly conceived, with a focus on post-communist Eastern Europe. She has authored, co-authored or edited the following volumes:

Transitional Justice

  • "Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice". Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN 9780521196277. Co-edited with Nadya Nedelsky.
  • "Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Romania: The Politics of Memory". Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN 9781107020535.
  • Transitional Justice in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: Reckoning with the Communist Past. Routledge, 2009. ISBN 978-0-415-59041-9. Romanian translation: Prezentul trecutului recent: Lustraţie şi decomunizare în postcomunism. Bucharest: Curtea Veche, 2010. ISBN 978-973-669-956-6.

Religion and Politics


In addition, Stan translated into Romanian two volumes:

  • Etienne de la Boetie, De la Servitude Volontaire, trans. with Sabina Elena Stan. Bucharest: Universal Dalsi Press, 1994.
  • Carl Schmidt, Political Theology, trans. with Lucian Turcescu, Bucharest: Universal Dalsi Press, 1995.

Stan has authored and co-authored numerous articles published in refereed journals. Some of these articles were translated in French, Romanian, Hebrew, Spanish, Croatian, Czech, Polish, Italian, and Dutch.[1] From 1997-2003 she published the quarterly report on the Republic of Moldova in East European Constitutional Review, while since 2006 she has co-authored the annual report regarding political developments in Romania for European Journal of Political Research. In 2008, she participated in an international project funded jointly by El Colegio in Mexico City, Oxford University, and the United Nations University in Tokyo that sought to contrast and compare the efficacy of transitional justice processes in Latin America and Eastern Europe. In 2009, she wrote the country report on Romania for a major project developed by the European Commission through its General Directorate for Justice, Liberty and Security.[2]

Stan has served as reviewer of manuscripts for publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Ashgate, Central European University Press, University of Notre Dame Press, Thompson-Nelson, Palgrave, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Anthem Press, Polirom, and Routledge; and over 110 proposed articles for journals such as American Political Science Review, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, European Journal of Political Research, European Legacy, Global Governance, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, International Insights, International Journal of Politics and Ethics, International Political Science Review, International Politics, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Journal of East-West Business, Political Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Review of European and Russian Affairs, Studies in Post-Communism Occasional Papers, Sussex European Institute Working Papers and Women’s Studies International Forum, among others.


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