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Our experts

Our panel of international experts will lead a roundtable discussion that takes stock of the Loop's 🌊 Illiberalism essay series and makes sense of the processes of autocratisation around the globe.


Assistant Professor in Political Science, University of Utah

Laura Gamboa

Laura holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on institutions, regime and regime change in Latin America.

Laura’s forthcoming Cambridge University Press book Resisting Backsliding studies opposition strategies against the erosion of democracy.

Her work has also been published in Comparative Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Democratization, Electoral Studies and Journal of Democracy, among other journals. 

She tweets @l_gamboag

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Director and Research Professor, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), The George Washington University

Marlene Laruelle

Marlene works on the rise of populist and illiberal movements in post-Soviet Eurasia and Europe.

Trained in political philosophy, she explores how nationalism and conservative values are becoming mainstream in different cultural contexts.

Marlene has been focusing on Russia's ideological landscape and its outreach abroad.

She has also been working on Central Asia's nationhood and regional environment, and on Russia's Arctic policy.

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Historian and Professor, Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Vienna
Research Affiliate, CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest
Doctor of Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Andrea Pető

Andrea’s works on gender, politics, Holocaust, and war have been translated into 23 languages.

In 2018 she was awarded the 2018 All European Academies (ALLEA) Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. She is Doctor Honoris Causa of Södertörn University, Stockholm.

Andrea writes op-ed pieces for many international and national media.

The Women of the Arrow Cross Party: Invisible Hungarian Perpetrators in the Second World War
Palgrave Macmillan, 2020

Forgotten Massacre: Budapest 1944
DeGruyter, 2021

She tweets @petoandrea

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Postdoctoral Fellow, V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg

Yuko Sato

Yuko’s research focuses on popular protests, political polarisation, democratisation, and autocratisation, with a regional focus on Latin America.

She is currently working on several ongoing projects examining the process of autocratisation, emphasising the institutional order of decay and the role of polarisation, anti-pluralist leaders, and elections.

Her peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Electoral Studies, Policy Studies Journal, and Democratization.

She tweets @Yuko_Sato88

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Researcher, University of Lisbon

Luca Manucci

Luca is currently working at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, in the project Back to the Future? Populism and the Legacies of Authoritarian Regimes.

He is interested in the link between populism and collective memory. His research also focuses on political communication and political parties.

Luca studied in Bologna and Brussels, then received his PhD from the University of Zurich.

He tweets @POP_TweetsOnPop

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