Professor of Political Science; Chair, Department of Political Science
Ph.D., 1996, Political Science
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Professor Mitchell A. Orenstein is a scholar of international politics focusing on the political economy and international affairs of Central and Eastern Europe. His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international political economy, and global public policy, employing a problem-driven research approach based on asking big, policy-relevant questions and answering them through carefully designed, in-depth field research. Prior to joining Northeastern University as the chair of the Department of Political Science, Professor Orenstein was a faculty member in European Politics at Johns Hopkins University from 2007-2012 and a and senior fellow of the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, DC. Orenstein also has held appointments at Harvard, Yale, Brown, Syracuse, and Moscow State Universities. Orenstein’s research has been recognized with fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has consulted for the World Bank, USAID, the government of Slovakia, and other organizations. Professor Orenstein has lived for several years in Europe – in Britain, France, Czech Republic, Poland, and Russia. His hobbies include travel, piano, and coaching baseball. He is married with three children.
- “Get Ready for a Russo-German Europe: The Two Powers That Will Decide Ukraine’s Fate — and the Region’s,” Foreign Affairs, March 9, 2014.
- Out of the Red: Building Capitalism and Democracy in Postcommunist Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2001), won the 1997 Gabriel A. Almond Award of the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in comparative politics.
- Privatizing Pensions: The Transnational Campaign for Social Security Reform (Princeton University Press, 2008) won the 2009 Charles H. Levine Prize of the International Political Science Association for a book that “makes a contribution of considerable theoretical or practical significance in the field of public policy and administration, takes an explicitly comparative perspective, and is written in an accessible style.”
- Roma in an Expanding Europe: Breaking the Poverty Cycle, co-authored with Dena Ringold and Erika Wilkens, won the Voter’s Choice Award for the most innovative analytical and advisory activity and the World Bank Europe/Central Asia Knowledge Fair in 2004.
- Pension Reform in Europe: Process and Progress, co-edited with Robert Holzmann and Michal Rutkowski.
Awards and Honors
- Charles H. Levine Memorial Prize, 2009
- Best Book on Comparative Public Policy and Administration. For Privatizing Pensions. International Political Science Association.
- European Union Center of Excellence Grant for Political Economy of Transition Class Trip, 2009-10.
- World Bank Europe/Central Asia Knowledge Fair Voter’s Choice Award for Most Innovative Analytical and Advisory Activity, 2004, for Roma in an Expanding Europe: Breaking the Poverty Cycle.
- Editorial Board Member, East European Politics
- International Advisory Board Member, Jindal School of International Affairs, India.
- International Advisory Board Member, Global Social Policy, 2005-Present.
- American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), Committee on the Future of AAASS, 2002.
- Co-Director, Social Policy Network, Council for European Studies, 2003-04.
- Article Reviewer for Administrative Science Quarterly, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, European Journal of Social Policy, Global Governance, Global Social Policy, Governance, Journal of Politics, Slavic Review, Social Forces, Socio-Economic Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, West European Politics, and World Politics.
- Book Reviewer for Cambridge University Press, Cornell University Press (IPE Series), Johns Hopkins University Press, Princeton University Press.
- Scholarship Committee, American Council of Learned Societies, East European Studies.