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Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor in the Russian-East European Institute, West European Studies, and Jewish Studies

Jack Bielasiak

Indiana University- Bloomington

Jack Bielasiak is Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor in the Russian-East European
Institute, West European Studies, and Jewish Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. Having
emigrated as a child from Poland to France, and then to the United States, Jack earned his BA from
Brooklyn College, and MA and PhD from Cornell University, and studied in Leningrad (now St.
Petersburg, Russia). He has conducted research in London, Munich, Budapest, Paris and Warsaw.
Prof. Bielasiak studies polar opposites: voting and killing, or in political science jargon, democratization
and collective violence. In both cases, the personal has become political. Jack is the child of Holocaust
survivors, and had close ties to the Polish Solidarity movement. He has written extensively on political
opposition under communism and on democratization around the world, especially on elections and
parties. Bielasiak’s serves as a recurring Visiting Professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences, and
worked as a Research Scholar in Phnom Penh on a good governance project for impoverished Cambodian
villages.
Bielasiak received the Trustees’ Teaching Award from Indiana University in 2002 and 2012, as well as Pi
Sigma Alpha teaching awards from the American Political Science Association. Born an avid soccer fan,
he has learned to appreciate Hoosier basketball!