Gueorguiev receives 2020 Moynihan junior faculty award

Dimitar GueorguievDimitar Gueorguiev, assistant professor of political science, is this year’s recipient of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research.

The Moynihan Award is presented annually in recognition of a non-tenured faculty member of the Maxwell School with an outstanding record of teaching, research, and service. Established eponymously in 1985 by then-U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, himself a former member of the Maxwell School’s junior faculty, the award is intended to help Maxwell recognize and retain promising junior scholars. 

Gueorguiev’s research focuses on authoritarian institutions and political control. A specialist in China, where his work focuses on how improved governance strategies have helped harness public participation, Gueorguiev recently co-authored a book titled China’s Governance Puzzle: Enabling Transparency and Participation in a Single-Party State (Cambridge, 2017). He is now completing work on his second book, Retrofitting Leninism: Participation without Democracy in a Modern China, which is under review at Oxford University Press. Gueorguiev's work has been widely published, as well, in leading political science journals, including the American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Politics

Gueorguiev also excels as a teacher, both in the classroom and beyond. Though only a member of the Maxwell faculty since 2014, in that time he has developed and taught eight distinct courses that have been widely sought out by both undergraduate and graduate students. Gueorguiev has also quickly earned a reputation as a thorough and helpful mentor, particularly concerning methodological issues, and has already served on nine dissertation committees while informally advising many other graduate students.

Gueorguiev also serves his department and the Maxwell School — for multiple years as a member of the department’s Graduate Studies Committee while also leading department distinction seminars and research workshops. Gueorguiev has also emerged as an active member of the Moynihan Institute’s East Asia Program and South Asia Center.