Lena Surzhko-Harned, Ph.D.

Lena Surzhko-Harned, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Political Science
Office Phone
Office Location
149 Kochel
ERIE, PA 16563
Research Interests

comparative politics, political behavior, European politics, politics of the European Union, politics of the post-Soviet space, democratization, nationalism and ethnic conflict, Russian politics, Ukrainian politics


How Vladimir Putin uses natural gas to exert Russian influence and punish his enemies, The Conversation - June 23, 2021

‘The US is falling apart’: How Russian media is portraying the US Capitol siege, The Conversation - January 22, 2021

President Trump’s use of the authoritarian playbook will have lasting consequences, The Conversation - December 17, 2020
Collaborator: Luis Jimenez

Effects of EU’s norm promotion on changes in cultural values of non-member states: case of Ukraine, Ukrainian Professional Education - 2019

Ukraine is taking a beating at the impeachment hearings- here's what's at stake, The Conversation - November 20, 2019

New Generation Political Activism in Ukraine by Christine Emeran, Harvard Ukrainian Studies Journal - November, 2019

Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy may come to regret his discussion with President Trump, TheConversation - October 1, 2019

A Comedian who played a president on TV just became Ukraine's President , The Conversation - April 18, 2019

Post-Soviet Legacies and Conflicting Values in Europe: Generation Why - December, 2017
Collaborator: Ekaterina Turkina

Framing the Revolution: The Role of Social Media in Ukraine’s Euromaidan Movement, Nationality Papers - 2017
Collaborator: AJ Zahuranec

The effect of supranational identity on cultural values in Europe, European Political Science Review - 2016
Collaborator: Galina Zapryanova, Author

Introduction: The Ukrainian Crisis, STUDIES IN ETHNICITY AND NATIONALISM - 2015

Diagnosing the Health of Russia’s Third Sector: Putin, Women’s Health, and Foreign NGOs, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs - 2015

Generational Differences in Values in Central and Eastern Europe: The Effects of Politico-Economic Transition, Journal of Common Market Studies - 2014
Collaborator: Ekaterina Turkina, Author

Has the New Aid for Trade Agenda been Export Effective? Evidence on the Impact of US AfT Allocations 19992008, International Studies Quarterly - 2013
Collaborators: David Bearce, Author; Steven Finkel, Author; Anibal Perez-Linan, Author; Juan Rodriguez-Zepeda, Author

Forging Rights in a New Democracy: Ukrainian Students between Freedom and Justice, Nationality Papers - August, 2013

Liberal Nationalism, Nationalist Liberalization, and Democracy: Cases of post-Soviet Estonia and Ukraine, Nationality Papers - September, 2010


Ph D, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

MA, Political Science , University of Pittsburgh

BA, Political Science , Edinboro University of Pennsylvania