Agnieszka Paczynska

Agnieszka Paczynska
Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Director of the Master's Program

Ph.D., Political Science 2002, University of Virginia
Dissertation:Historical Legacies and Policy Choice: Public Sector Reform in Poland, Egypt, Mexico and the Czech Republic 1991-1992 Fellow at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA)
M.A., Political Science 1991, The New York University
B.A., Political Science, Cum Laude, New York University, 1989
New York University Summer 1990 Middlebury College Arabic Language Institute
Center for Arabic Studies Abroad, American University in Cairo

Biography

Agnieszka Paczynska is an Associate Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Associate Faculty at the Center for Global Studies. Dr. Paczynska was the Co-Principal Investigator for the Undergraduate Experiential Learning Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, 2011-2014. The project aimed at linking theory to practice through various pedagogical initiatives. She is currently running the Project on Contentious Politics (PCP) with Thomas Flores and Terrence Lyons, which is dedicated to understanding different forms of contentious political movements. Together with Susan Hirsch, she is Series Co-editor of Studies in Conflict, Justice, and Social Change, Ohio University Press.

Her research interests include the relationship between economic and political change and conflict, distributive conflicts, post-conflict reconstruction policies, and the relationship between globalization processes and local conflicts. Her book, State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy: Egypt, Poland, Mexico and the Czech Republic (Penn State University Press, 2013, updated second edition) explores the conflicts between organized labor and the state generated by structural adjustment and in particular the privatization of the public sector. Her research has been funded by grants from International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) among others. In 2008-2009 she was a Franklin Fellow working as



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Awards and Honors
FIPSE-Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
Undergraduate Experiential Learning  Project Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education FIPSE (2011-2013)Agnieszka Paczynska (co-PI)Susan F. Hirsch (PI)Institute for Conflict Analysis and...
First Franklin Fellow
GMU's first Franklin Fellow to work in the Office of the Coordinator for Stabilization and Reconstruction.
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December 31, 2014
This article describes guidelines for assignments designed to build and improve policy-oriented writing skills of college students. Based on our experiences as Franklin Fellows at the United States Department of State, we developed strategies for teaching writing...
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This article examines how organized labor has responded to and sought to influence privatization of the public sector. In order to explain the variation in labor organizations' influence on the process of privatization design and implementation it examines the...
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The Arab uprisings, like the fall of the Berlin Wall more than two decades ago, are watershed events that have raised fundamental questions about our understanding of the processes of political change, the emergence and diffusion of contentious collective action,...
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The last two decades have witnessed fundamental shifts in international economic dynamics and the gradual reshaping of global political relationships and collaborations. In particular, emerging powers in the global south are now playing a much more prominent role...
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May 01, 2010
The Interagency Conflict Assessment Framework (ICAF) application began in a full-day workshop which was held on January 8, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. About 30 representatives from across the interagency with expertise in Liberia participated in the opening phase...
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2010
Executive SummaryDecades of political and economic exclusion, years of violence and insecurity, and a population of displaced and traumatized people are just some of the complex factors that contribute to the intricate political and social dynamics in Liberia....
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March 01, 2010
The International Studies Encyclopedia and its online version, International Studies Online, published in association with the International Studies Association (ISA), is the most comprehensive reference work of its kind for the fields of international...
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2009
This paper assesses the prospects and challenges for integrating development strategies into counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.MAIN FINDINGSMany of the challenges that confront post-conflict reconstruction processes similarly confound...
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2009
In response to mounting debt crises and macroeconomic instability in the 1980s, many countries in the developing world adopted neoliberal policies promoting the unfettered play of market forces and deregulation of the economy and attempted large-scale structural...
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August 01, 2008
The Center for Global Studies at George Mason University was founded to promote multidisciplinary research on globalization. The Center comprises more than 100 associated faculty members whose collective expertise spans the full range of disciplines. The Center...
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May 28, 2008
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March 28, 2008
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June 26, 2007
As the victorious great powers surveyed the devastation brought on by World War II and faced the crumbling of old colonial empires two issues came to dominate the international agenda: the reconstruction of countries devastated by the war and the economic and...
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May 01, 2007
This article examines how organized labor has responded to and sought to influence privatization of the public sector. In order to explain the variation in labor organizations' influence on the process of privatization design and implementation it examines the...
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September 18, 2006
Over the last two decades global integration has accelerated. The volume of foreign direct investment, trade, and capital movements has grown exponentially. At the same time, changes in communications technology and cheaper travel have led to the growing...
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March 01, 2006
This article examines the decade-long contentious encounter between the Egyptian regime and Egyptian organized labor over changes in the labor law. I examine why an authoritarian regime which was often willing to deploy violence against its opponents encountered...
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November 01, 2005
This article examines the challenges that democratic deepening has encountered in countries undertaking simultaneous economic and political reforms. It does so by examining the experience of Poland following the 1989 transition. It explores the Polish public's...
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May 01, 2004
With this third issue of the Cooperative Security Program: Opinions, we return to the topic of fostering democracy and human rights in the Middle East. Dr. Agnieszka Paczynska explores the possibility and potential outcome of a Helsinki-style process for the...
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February 01, 2004
The economic changes brought on by globalization imply a fundamental restructuring of the relationship between the state and society, a transformation that inherently generates conflicts. Everyone has been affected by these changes, but the costs and benefits of...
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