Dr. Sabina Hilaiel | Hastings College

Dr. Sabina Hilaiel

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations
Daugherty Center 10


•    Ph.D. International Studies with emphasize on the European Union and post-communist transitions, University of Denver 2016
•    M.A. International Studies, University of Denver 2008
•    M.A Political Science, Sofia University, Bulgaria 2002
•    B.A Political Science, Sofia University Bulgaria 2001

Areas of Interest

•    Democratization
•    Post-communist Transition
•    International Organization
•    The European Union
•    Corruption and anti-corruption, 
•    The Rule of Law
•    Civil society, 
•    Social movements, The European Union,
•    Diffusion of International Norms 
•    Social Network Analysis

Teaching Experience

o    Hastings College, Assistant Professor 2017 – present
      o    PLS 170 – Introduction to Global Politics
      o    PLS 220 – Comparative Politics
      o    PLS 374 – American Foreign Policy

o    University of Denver 2015 – 2017
      o    INTS 3702 – Civil Society and Global Change
      o    INTS 3660 – States in transition/European Integration

o    Colorado State University 2016
     o    POLS 232 – Introduction to International Relations
     o    POLS 437 – International Security

o    American University in Bulgaria 2013
    o    POS 201 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
    o    EUR 404 – Topic sin European Politics: Corruption in Eastern Europe

    Guest Lecturer:
•    Civil Society and Post - communist Transitions – Miami University in Ohio 
•    Dependency theory and Feminist Approaches to IR (UCD)
•    Critical Theory (UCD)
•    State and Sovereignty(DU)
•    Foreign Policy (UCD)
•    Non-state actors (DU)
•    Theories of IR – Constructivism (UCD)
•    Post-Communist Transition (DU)
•    Security Studies (UCD)

Selected Publications and Presentations
“The EU’s Losing Battle against Corruption in Bulgaria” Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, December 2015, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp: 199-217

“Corruption and Civil Society in the Post-communist World” Paper Presented at the 2016 Annual Convention of the Association of Slavic Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, November, 2016

“Constructing actors in post-communist societies: EU’s role in shaping domestic civil society”, Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, November, 2015

“Corruption and Anti-Corruption in the Southern Caucuses” panel organized by the Center for the Study of Europe and the World (Denver University) and the University of Colorado Denver, April 2015.  

“Lessons from the Balkans: Bulgaria’s and Montenegro’s progress in fighting corruption in light of the EU” Presented paper on the International Studies Association Conference March 2014, Toronto, CA 

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Reviewer for Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization
  • International Studies Association
  • Western Social Sciences Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • European Political Science Association
  • European Consortium for Political Research
  • International Political Science Association
  • Association for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
  • Reviewer for the International Journal of Law and Public Administration