Meet the Professors


Assistant Prof.  Bogdan Radu

Bogdan Radu is lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the coordinator of the MA program in International Development. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine and an MA in European Politics from the University of Manchester. His research interests revolve around the study of political culture in postcommunist countries, the role of public opinion in international relations, and the ways in which political values are influenced by religious and social factors, among young people and the adult population. His latest publication (“Tolerance of Liberal Values in Romania: Anti-Abortion from Strategies between Religious Belief and Civil Society Mobilisation” in Religion as Empowerment, edited by Kyriaki Topidi si Lauren Fielder, Routledge June 2016), co-authored with Cosmina Paul, analyzes the effects of religious belief and participation on attitudes towards abortion in Romania. In 2015, Bogdan won a research grant financed by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, in which he coordinates a team of researchers investigating the connections between religion and social capital among the youth.

Area of study: Comparative Politics and International Relations, Political participation, Public Opinion

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 Dr. Habil., Remus Anghel   

  Remus Gabriel Anghel (habil., PhD) is senior researcher at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, and affiliated at the Political Sciences Department – Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca. In the past years he engaged in researching migration and transnationalism, migration and social change, and remittances. He conducted fieldwork in Germany, Italy and Romania. In his first co-edited book (The Making of World Society: Perspectives from Transnational Research, Transcript, 2008, co-edited together with Eva Gerharz, Gilberto Rescher and Monika Salzbrunn) he investingated the relationship between the perspectives on World Society and the research agenda on transnationalism. In his second co-edited book (Sociologia Migrației: Teorii și Studii de Caz Românești, Polirom 2009, co-edited with István Horváth) he collected a series of case studies with migration from Romania. In his third book (Romanians in Western Europe: Migration, Status Dilemmas and Transnational Connections, Lexington Books, 2013) he analyzes the contradictory ways in which migrants from Romania construct their social status transnationally. Currently, he is engaged in researching the migration-induced social change in multi-ethnic communities, patterns and effects of return migration.

Area of study: Ethnic migration, Transnational migration, Identity, Nationalism





Prof. Gabriel Bădescu

Gabriel Badescu is Professor and Director of the Center for Democratic Studies at Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj, Romania. He has a BS in Mathematics, a BA in Sociology and received his doctorate in Sociology at the Babeş-Bolyai University. He held a Fulbright post-doctoral research fellowship, at University of Maryland, College Park, U.S. and an International Fellowship of Open Society Institute. Between 2009 and 2010 he coordinated the Romanian Agency for Governmental Strategies. He coordinated more than 10 major projects, out of which six are international or part of cross-national projects, and is the author or editor of six books and published more then 40 articles on democratic and economic transitions in Eastern Europe, civil society, social capital, educational policies, research methodology, income inequality and labor migration.

Area of study: Democratic Studies, Sociology, Economic transitions in Eastern Europe, Civil society, Cocial capital, Educational policies, Research methodology

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Assistant Prof. Florin Feșnic

Florin Feșnic is a researcher at the Center for the Study of Democracy in the Department of Political Science, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj. His research interests include civic education, democratization, institutional design, political sociology, voting behavior, political parties and party systems, the determinants and political consequences of modernization, political paradoxes, and scientometrics. His recent publications include “The Democratic-Liberal Party as a Successful Catch-All Party” (2011), in Ronald King & Paul Sum (eds.), Romania under Băsescu, Lexington Books, “Can Civic Education Make a Difference for Democracy? Hungary and Poland Compared” (Political Studies 64, 4, 966-978, DOI: 10.1111/1467-9248.12215) and “This time it’s different? Effects of the Eurovision Debate on young citizens” (with Jürgen Maier, Thorsten Faas, Carmen Greab, et al. Journal of European Public Policy 25, 4: 606-629. DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1268643).

Area of study: Electoral behavior, Institutional design, political parties and political paradoxes, Comparative politics of developing countries

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Dr. George Jiglău

George Jiglău is lecturer at the Political Science Department of the Babeş-Bolyai University, and researcher at the Center for the Study of Democracy, a think tank aiming to make a contribution to the improvement of legislation in the area of education, citizens’ rights and their participation in the political life, national security, and the political system as a whole. He authored and co-authored several books and articles on party politics, ethnicity and ethnic relations, elections and electoral systems.

Area of study: Academic Writing, Multicultural studies, EU integration, Journalism




Dr. Stefan Cibian 

Stefan Cibian is Executive Director at the Făgăraș Research Institute and Academy Associate at the Queen Elizabeth the II-nd Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. His academic interests are in international relations theory, foreign policy, development policy, development aid, international organizations, peacebuilding, global health, statebuilding and civil society development with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. He is focusing in his research on statehood and development in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe, more particularly on uncovering the gaps between international approaches to development and local practices.

Stefan serves on the board of several organizations: The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development, FOND – The Romanian NGDO Platform, Tara Fagarasului Community Foundation, Mihai and Maria Fratila Foundation and the Foundation for Youth Involvement.

Stefan received a BA in Political Science and a BA in Law after studying at “Babes-Bolyai” University; “1st of December 1918” University; University of Salzburg and University of Ljubljana. He holds an MA in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Political Science-International Relations and European Studies from Central European University. In previous assignments he worked with the South African Institute for International Affairs, the European Commission in Brussels and Dakar, the Association for Community Relations and taught as teaching assistant at the Central European University.

Area of study: International Organizations and International Development, Post-  war reconstruction.




Paula Beudean    

I have more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, currently working for Danis Foundation. Since 2008, I hold an associate teaching position within the NGOs Management MPA (BBU). I graduated from the same MPA, and then studied Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development at University of Delaware. Paula also specialized in CSR (Executive Education Program, McGill University) and in international development (MA, BBU).

Area of study: Public Policy,





Ovidiu Oltean

Ovidiu Oltean (PhD candidate) is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School of Political and Communication Sciences, College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeş-­Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. His doctoral research project studies the relation between the process of ethnic migration and social change in the multi-ethnic region of Transylvania, where social change is understood in terms of transformation of ethnic relations and minority institutions. In the past years he was involved in research projects studying the Romanian migration and its effects on migrants’ home communities and published several papers on Romanian migrants’ political transnationalism and ethnic migration. He is currently involved in a project analyzing the integration of international migrants in Romania at the Romanian Center for Comparative Migration Studies.