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About Cynthia Horne

I am a Professor of Political Science at Western Washington University. I teach courses on international political economy, comparative political economy, political economy theory, development, globalization, and international relations.
My research is presently focused on assessments of transitional justice measures, such as if and how transitional justice affected the creation of trustworthy public institutions, a trustworthy state, and interpersonal trust in post-communist countries. In particular, I am examining if and how lustration (regional employment vetting procedures) and truth commissions have supported the process of democratization in the post-communist space.

More generally, I have also published on trade policy issues affecting post-communist countries.


Present Professor, Political Science, Western Washington University Political Science Department

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • University of Bucharest, Romania, Visiting Scholar, Fall 2012
  • Center for the Study of Democracy, Sofia Bulgaria, Visiting Scholar, Summer 2012
  • Seton Hall University - Awarded Faculty Mentor of the Year by Graduate and Undergraduate Student Organizations (2005) and Outstanding Faculty of the Year (2006)
  • Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Italy. Visiting Fellow for “Vetting and Trust Symposium.” Coordinated by International Center for Transitional Justice. April 2005
  • Budapest Collegium, Budapest, Hungary. Invited as visiting fellow and participant in Honesty and Trust Project directed by Janos Kornai and Susan Rose-Ackerman, October 2002
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung (Social Science Research), Resident Research Fellow, Cologne, Germany, September- December 1999
  • National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), International Relations Fellowship, Russian Desk, August 1992-June 1993

Contact Information

Department of Political Science
Phone : (360) 650-2910
Office: Arntzen Hall 440


Books (2)

Articles (11)

Contributions to Books (7)

Presentations (17)