Mitchell Orenstein

Mitchell Orenstein

Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Department of Political Science
education Ph.D., 1996, Political Science
Yale University
Mailing address 303 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Prior to joining Northeastern University as the chair of the Department of Political Science, Professor Orenstein was a faculty member and senior fellow of the Center for European Policy Analysis at Johns Hopkins University from 2007-2009. Orenstein also has held appointments at Harvard, Yale, Brown, Syracuse, and Moscow State Universities.  Orenstein’s research has been recognized with fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  He has consulted for the World Bank, USAID, the government of Slovakia, and other organizations.  Professor Orenstein has lived for several years in Europe – in Britain, France, Czech Republic, Poland, and Russia.  His hobbies include travel, piano, and coaching baseball.  He is married with three children.

Selected Publications

Out of the Red: Building Capitalism and Democracy in Postcommunist Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2001), won the 1997 Gabriel A. Almond Award of the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in comparative politics.

Privatizing Pensions: The Transnational Campaign for Social Security Reform (Princeton University Press, 2008) won the 2009 Charles H. Levine Prize of the International Political Science Association for a book that “makes a contribution of considerable theoretical or practical significance in the field of public policy and administration, takes an explicitly comparative perspective, and is written in an accessible style.”

Pensions, Social Security, and the Privatization of Risk (Columbia University Press, 2009).

Roma in an Expanding Europe: Breaking the Poverty Cycle, co-authored with Dena Ringold and Erika Wilkens, won the Voter’s Choice Award for the most innovative analytical and advisory activity and the World Bank Europe/Central Asia Knowledge Fair in 2004.

Pension Reform in Europe: Process and Progress, co-edited with Robert Holzmann and Michal Rutkowski.

Selected Honors & Awards

Charles H. Levine Memorial Prize, 2009

Best Book on Comparative Public Policy and Administration. For Privatizing Pensions. International Political Science Association.

European Union Center of Excellence Grant for Political Economy of Transition Class Trip, 2009-10.

World Bank Europe/Central Asia Knowledge Fair Voter’s Choice Award for Most Innovative Analystical and Advisotry Activity, 2004, for Roma in an Expanding Europe: Breaking the Poverty Cycle.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

Editorial Board Member, East European Politics

International Advisory Board Member, Jindal School of International Affairs, India.

International Advisory Board Member, Global Social Policy, 2005-Present.

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), Committee on the Future of AAASS, 2002.

Co-Director, Social Policy Network, Council for European Studies, 2003-04.

Article Reviewer for Administrative Science Quarterly, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, European Journal of Social Policy, Global Governance, Global Social Policy, Governance, Journal of Politics, Slavic Review, Social Forces, Socio-Economic Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, West European Politics, and World Politics.

Book Reviewer for Cambridge University Press, Cornell University Press (IPE Series), Johns Hopkins University Press, Princeton University Press.

Scholarship Committee, American Council of Learned Societies, East European Studies.