Monika Nalepa is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where she teaches a wide range of courses in Comparative Politics, Post-Soviet Europe and Formal Theory.
Her research interests span transitional justice, the study of comparative institutions such as legislatures, political organizations such as parties, and most recently authoritarian legacies.
She published published Skeletons in the Closet, Transitional Justice in the PostCommunist World with Cambridge University Press. This book received the Leon D. Epstein Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of the APSA in 2012. It was also awarded the Best Book award by the Comparative Democratization section APSA in 2011.
Currently she is finishing a book with Royce Carroll (University of Essex) on the emergence of programmatic parties in PostCommunist Europe. The book focuses on the development of parties in the legislative arena, using the wealth of data on legislative voting that has become available since these countries transitioned from Communism in the late 80s and early 90s. She is also working on a series of papers with Grigore Pop-Eleches (Princeton University) on the dynamics shaping anti-authoritarian attitudes in Poland prior to 1989.
Before arriving in the US, Monika Nalepa was awarded her MA in Międzywydziałowe Studia Humanistyczne from the University of Warsaw. During her MA studies she published a number of articles in Polish, including in such periodicals as Studia Humanistyczne and Przegląd Filozoficzny.