Conor O’Dwyer


I teach classes in comparative and European politics, with an emphasis on postcommunist Europe.  I earned my doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley in 2003.  Since then, I have held appointments at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and at the University of Florida.  I have also spent time as a a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard and at the Center for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm. My abridged cv is available here

My first research project centered on state-building and state reform in the new democracies of postcommunist Europe, linking patterns of political patronage to the character of party competition. 

My current research explores how and when European  integration influences domestic politics in Eastern Europe.  In particular, I am examining the interaction between EU norms and postcommunist legacies in the field of gay rights.  How has EU membership shaped gay-rights activism and backlashes against it?

About Me

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

& Center for European Studies

University of Florida

Office Hours:

On leave in fall 2018

Anderson 332

PO Box 117325

Gainesville, FL 32611-7325

Tel: (352)273-2355

Fax: (352)392-8127

Email: codwyer[at]