Sharon L. Wolchik is Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University where her teaching and research focus on post-communist Central and East European politics. Wolchik has held grants from the Macarthur Foundation, IREX, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, the US Department of State, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict. She has been a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy; she has also been a Resident Scholar the Villa Serbelloi in Bellagio. She has served as President of the Board of NCEER, on the Fulbright Faculty Selection Board, the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the Advisory Council of the Cold War International History Project as well as on the Advisory Council of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Diplomatic Academy and on the Advisory Council of Freedom House. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on gender issues, citizen participation and values, ethnic relations, and institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. She is author or co-editor of numerous books, including, with Valerie Bunce, Defeating Authoritarian Leaders in Postcommunist Europe and Eurasia. She has served as a reviewer of manuscripts for the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, World Politics, Political Studies, Slavic Review, Post-Soviet Affairs, the Journal of Cold War History, Comparative Political Studies, East European Politics and Societies, Party Politics, Perspectives on Politics and other scholarly publications. She frequently lectures and organizes courses at the US State Department's Foreign Service Institute.