Dr. Aleksandra Sznajder Lee

Associate Professor of Political Science



Transnational Capitalism in East Central Europe’s Heavy Industry (University of Michigan Press, 2016)


"Overcoming Post-communist Labour Weakness: Attritional and Enabling Effects of MNCs in Central and Eastern Europe.”  European Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 113-129.

“After the Party, the After-Parties? The Effect of Communist Successor Parties on Economic Reform in Central and Eastern Europe,” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 63, No. 9 (2011), pp. 1697-1718.

Reprinted as a chapter in Terry Cox (Ed.), Reflections on 1989 in Eastern Europe (pp. 169-190). London: Routledge.

“Between Apprehension and Support: Social Dialogue, Democracy, and Industrial Restructuring in Central and Eastern Europe,” Studies in Comparative International Development, Vol. 45, No. 1 (2010), pp. 30-56.

“Von der Avantgarde zu den Verlierern der Transformation: Gewerkschaften im Prozess der Restrukturierung der Stahlindustrie in Mittel- und Osteuropa,” [“From Vanguard to Losers of Transformation: Unions and Restructuring of the Steel Industry in Central and Eastern Europe”] (with Vera Trappmann), Industrielle Beziehungen (German Journal of Industrial Relations), Vol. 17, No.2 (2010), pp. 170-191.

“The State-Led Transition to Liberal Capitalism: Neoclassical, Organizational, World Systems, and Social Structural Explanations of Poland’s Economic Success” (with Lawrence P. King), American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 112, No. 3 (2006), p. 751-801.


“Post-Socialism: Political Economy,” in James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed., Vol 18, Oxford: Elsevier, 2015, pp. 690–696.

“Effects of EU Accession on the Politics of Privatization – The Steel Sector in Comparative Perspective,” in Amelie Kutter and Vera Trappmann (eds.), Das Erbe des Beitritts. Mittel- und osteuropäische Gesellschaften nach dem Beitritt zur EU, [The Legacy of EU Accession - Central and Eastern European Societies after EU Accession], Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2006, pp. 209-231.


Book review of Grigore Pop-Eleches, From Economic Crisis to Reform: IMF Programs in Latin America and Eastern Europe, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009; Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 42, No. 10 (2009), pp. 1363-1366.


Ph.D., Yale University

M.Phil., Yale University

M.A., Yale University

B.A., Goucher College

Contact Information

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(804) 289-8095
(804) 287-6833 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

Comparative politics
Comparative political economy
European politics
Postcommunist transitions