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


    What’s on the agenda when Ukraine president meets Biden?, The Conversation - September 1, 2021

    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

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

    Introduction: The Ukrainian Crisis, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism - April 22, 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