Lavinia Stan

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Lavinia Stan (born 1966 in Piteşti, Romania; PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto) is a Professor of political science at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada. She emigrated to Canada shortly after 1989 and is currently living in Montreal, Quebec. Stan is regarded as one of the preeminent scholars in the fields of transitional justice, religion and politics, as well as Romania.

Academic career

From 2001-2003 she taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax, while from 2006-2008 she taught at Concordia University in Montreal. Since 2009, Stan has served as associate editor of the Women's Studies International Forum, a peer-reviewed journal published by Elsevier. Since 2020, Stan is an Associate Editor of East European Politics & Societies, the leading academic journal on East European area studies. Between January 2014 and December 2018, Stan served as the President of the Society for Romanian Studies, the premier international organization on Romanian Studies, occupying the position of Past President after being replaced as President by Roland Clark. She was the President of the Wildavsky Prize Committee of the American Political Science Association (2006-2008), member of the doctoral grants committee and the standard research grants committee for interdisciplinary research of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2003-2006, and 2010–2011, respectively), member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of Romanian Exile in Bucharest (2010-2012), member of the commission on social sciences of the National Commission for Attestation of University Titles and Diplomas (Consiliul National de Atestare a Titlurilor si Diplomelor Universitare, CNATDCU) from 2016 to 2020, and an evaluator for the National Council for Scientific Research (Agentia Nationala de Cercetare Stiintifica) of the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport (2011-2012), the University Babes-Bolyai, the British Academy's Leverhulme Small Research Grants, the European Research Council, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, among others. She is a member of the National Council of Scientific Research (Consiliul National al Cercetarii Stiintifice), of the Social Science Panel of the National Commission for Attestation of University Titles and Diplomas (Consiliul Naţional de Atestare a Titlurilor, Diplomelor si Certificatelor Universitare, CNATCDU), and of the editorial or advisory boards of more than thirty scholarly journals published in North America and Europe, including Human Rights Review. She has been a member of the Club of Rome since 2009.

Stan has served as an expert witness in a number of deportation and asylum cases in American and British courts. She has been interviewed by newspapers such as El Pais (Spain), Haaretz (Israel), Embassy (Canada), MacLean's (Canada), The Concordian (Canada), L'Organe (Canada), National Journal (USA), România Liberă (Romania), Meridianul românesc, Terra Nova Magazine, as well as news agencies such as Reuters, radio stations such as Voice of America, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and television stations such as Eastlink and the public Polish TV. In December 2009, on the occasion of 20 years since the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, she gave interviews to many Western European and North American media outlets, including a participation by satellite in a debate organized by the France 24 TV channel France 24.

In 2017, Stan was awarded the Research Award by the StFX President and the Doctor Honoris Causa by Ovidius University in Constanta, Romania. Her research has been generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada since 2002.


Lavinia Stan's publications have dealt with three major themes: transitional justice, religion and politics, and democratization broadly conceived, with a focus on post-communist Eastern Europe. She has authored, co-authored or edited the following volumes:

Transitional Justice

Religion and Politics


In addition, Stan translated into Romanian two volumes:

Stan has authored and co-authored numerous articles published in refereed journals. Some of these articles were translated in French, Romanian, Hebrew, Spanish, Croatian, Czech, Polish, Italian, and Dutch.[1] From 1997-2003 she published the quarterly report on the Republic of Moldova in East European Constitutional Review, while since 2006 she has co-authored with Razvan Zaharia the annual report regarding political developments in Romania for European Journal of Political Research. In 2008, she participated in an international project funded jointly by El Colegio in Mexico City, Oxford University, and the United Nations University in Tokyo that sought to contrast and compare the efficacy of transitional justice processes in Latin America and Eastern Europe. In 2009, she wrote the country report on Romania for a major project developed by the European Commission through its General Directorate for Justice, Liberty and Security.[2]

Stan has served as reviewer of manuscripts for publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Ashgate, Central European University Press, University of Notre Dame Press, Thompson-Nelson, Palgrave, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Anthem Press, Polirom, and Routledge; and over 210 proposed articles for academic journals such as American Political Science Review, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, European Journal of Political Research, European Legacy, Global Governance, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, International Insights, International Journal of Politics and Ethics, International Political Science Review, International Politics, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Journal of East-West Business, Political Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Review of European and Russian Affairs, Studies in Post-Communism Occasional Papers, Sussex European Institute Working Papers and Women’s Studies International Forum, among others.