Gueorguiev receives 2020 Moynihan junior faculty award
Dimitar 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.