Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Myra Waterbury 
Associate Professor

219 Bentley Annex

Myra Waterbury is Associate Professor of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in 2007 and her B.A. from Bard College. In 2013 she was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study of the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of nationalism and ethnicity, migration and diaspora politics, and European politics, with a special focus on the post-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Waterbury’s work has appeared in journals such as East European Politics and Societies, Ethnopolitics, Problems of Post-Communism, and Europe-Asia Studies. Her 2010 book Between State and Nation: Diaspora Politics and Kin-state Nationalism in Hungary (Palgrave Macmillan) explored the domestic political factors behind Hungary's policies toward the three million ethnic Hungarians living in neighboring states. The manuscript showed how actors in states with significant diaspora populations seek to control transnational networks of ethnic affiliation to further their own political goals. Her recent work has focused on the impact of diaspora policies on minority political mobilization, intra-ethnic coordination in the European Parliament, external citizenship policies, and the politics of emigration in Central and Eastern Europe

Dr. Waterbury is the Associate Editor for Special Issues at the journal Nationalities Papers, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Ethnopolitics. She is also a dedicated practitioner of Shotokan Karate and enjoys singing in a number of local choirs.