Ruxandra Paul is a Ph.D. candidate in the Government Department at Harvard University and a Graduate Fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Her dissertation, Citizens of the Market: New Forms of International Migration and their Impact on People, Parties and Political Systems, examines the political consequences of transnational migration in the enlarging European Union. Arguing that migration recalibrates the state-citizen relationship, Paul examines the ways in which mobile citizens become highly significant political subjects in their homeland and sending communities. At the micro-level, the research project explores how international mobility shapes - through political remittances and demonstration effects - worldviews, values, identities, attachments and political behaviors. At the meso-level, the dissertation compares voting in regions with high and low levels of mobility. At the macro-level, the project examines transnational state-building to reveal how countries adapt to the dispersion of their population across national boundaries, as well as how political parties expand abroad and adapt their strategies to appeal to migrant constituencies. The dissertation committee consists of three Harvard faculty members: Professors Grzegorz Ekiert, Peter Hall and Daniel Ziblatt.
As a Chateaubriand Fellow of the French government, Paul spent the academic year 2009-2010 at Sciences Po, Paris (Centre d'Études et de Recherches Internationales). Her field research in Europe has been funded by the Krupp Foundation, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. An Associate of Harvard's Center for European Studies and of the Center for Geographic Analysis, Paul received her MA from Harvard in 2008. She is a proud graduate of Williams College (summa cum laude, with highest honors in Political Science) where she majored in International Relations and French Language and Literature. She spent a year at Oxford University, researching the effects of EU enlargement on European integration.
At Harvard, Paul served as Vice-President and At-Large Representative for Social Sciences on the Graduate Student Council. In 2012, she received Harvard's Hoopes Prize for Excellence in the Art of Teaching. She has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement in the Practice of Teaching in Higher Education by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard. She publishes a weekly column ("Vederi din America") from her vantage point as expert-expat extraordinaire for one of the leading Romanian newspapers. Paul is a member of the Public Policy Experts Initiative of the Romanian Academic Society. For more details, please see the CV page on this website.