William & Mary

Paula Pickering

Associate Professor

Office: Morton 29
Email: [[pmpick]]
Office Phone: 757-221-3038
Webpage: {{http://pmpick.people.wm.edu}}

Research Interests

Ethnic politics, particularly in the Balkans; post-conflict reconstruction; democratization in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet Central Asia; and refugee politics. 


She has worked as an analyst on Eastern Europe and as a political officer in Turkmenistan for the State Department. She has also served a human rights officer for the Organization for Security in Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia-Hercegovina.


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Michigan, 2001; B.A. in International Relations, Stanford University, 1989.


Freshman Seminar: Nationalism in the Balkans

Politics of Eastern Europe

Introduction to Comparative Politcs

Russian/Post-Soviet Politics

Sources of and Remidies for Conflict in Eurasia


Her book, Peacebuilding in the Balkans: The View from the Ground Floor, was published by Cornell University Press in December 2007, http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=4768 

Recent publications include:

“Back from the Brink: Explaining political moderation after inter-ethnic violence in the Balkans,” Europe-Asia Studies. June 2009, volume 61, issue 4.

“What is to Be Done? Succession from the League of Communists of Croatia,” with Mark Baskin in Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Special Issue on Comparative Perspectives on Communist Party Successor Parties of Central and Eastern Europe, 41/2, September/December 2008, pp. 1-20.

 "Former Yugoslavia and Its Successors," with Mark Baskin in Sharon Wolchik and Jane Curry, eds., Central and  East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, 2008; 

"Generating Bridging Social Capital in the Balkans," in Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29/1 January 2006;

as well as chapters in Feldman, Martha, Jeannine Bell, and Michele Berger, eds., Gaining Access: The Inside Story, 2003; and in Keridis, Dimitris, ed., New Approaches to Balkan Studies 2003.

Several works in progress include: "The Impact of Lessons Learned about Western Intervention for Political Moderation in the Balkans" and "Into the Weeds: Obstacles to Good Governance in the Balkans," with Mark Baskin.

Fellowships and Grants

Recent fellowships include: 

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Policy Connect Collaborative Research Program, Grant for 2007-8, with Mark Baskin.
Sharpe Faculty Fellow, for service-learning, 2007-8.