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Monika Nalepa (PhD, Columbia University) is associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago. With a focus on post-communist Europe, her research interests include transitional justice, parties and legislatures, and game-theoretic approaches to comparative politics. Her first book, Skeletons in the Closet: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Europe was published in the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series and received the Best Book award from the Comparative Democratization section of the APSA and the Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of the APSA. She has just completed her second book, Ritual Sacrifices: Transitional Justice and the Fate of Post-authoritarian Elites. She has also published articles in the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Comparative Politics, World Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Parliamentary Affairs, and Constitutional Political Economy.
Monika Nalepa is the Director of the Transitional Justice and Democratic Stability Lab, which produces the Global Transitional Justice Dataset.
- Skeletons in the Closet: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
- "Party Institutionalization and Legislative Organization: The Evolution of Agenda Power in the Polish Parliament," Journal of Comparative Politics (April 2016).
- "Tolerating Mistakes: How do popular perceptions of procedural fairness affect demand for transitional justice?" Journal of Conflict Resolution 56, No. 3 (2012): 490-515.
- "Reconciliation, Refugee Returns, and the Impact of International Criminal Justice: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina," NOMOS, Proceedings of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy 51, eds. Melissa Williams and Rosemary Nagy (New York University Press, 2012).