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Dr Anna Gwiazda is a Reader in Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Economy. Before joining King’s in September 2010, Anna worked at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the European University Institute, Sussex European Institute, Australian National University and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, an M.A. in Political Science from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and a BA in Economics from Technical University in Radom, Poland.


Anna’s current research focuses on women’s political representation, gender equality, the quality of democracy, democratization, European politics and Polish politics. In the past, she also conducted research on the Europeanisation of public policies. 

Anna has published two special issues: ‘Politics and Gender in Eastern Europe’ in Politics & Gender and ‘Women’s Political Representation in Central and Eastern Europe’ in East European Politics. She is currently working on 1) the Istanbul Convention and political responses to violence against women, and 2) women's protests in the context of democratic backsliding.

Anna's book 'Democracy in Poland' was published by Routledge in August 2015.It was reviewed in West European Politics East European Politics , Slavic Review and Democratization. Anna's book is now available in paperback


  • Gender Politics and Public Policy (MA Module)
  • Women & Politics (third-year undergraduate module)
  • Political Change in Europe (second-year undergraduate module)