Professor of Political Science David Ost, one of the leading experts on the domestic politics and international relations of Poland and the surrounding area, headlined in the October 23 issue of Newsweek magazine's Polish language edition.
In a detailed interview, Ost discusses the reasons for the growing global strength of the political right, and discusses what liberals and the left, particularly in the European Union, can do to counteract it.
Additionally, on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday the 17th, just days before the Polish parliamentary elections, articles by Ost about contemporary politics were published in the two main Polish dailies, Gazeta Wyborcza and Dziennik. He is featured also on the cover of the latest issue of the “Magazine published by the Business Centre Club.
Ost was in Poland to present a paper on “The Legacy of the Left at the international conference, “Captive Mind Revisited, held in Krakow.
An internationally known scholar in the field of European studies, he has spent more than 25 years studying Eastern European politics, culture, and history. Fellowships, appointments as visiting professor, and numerous study trips have brought him into close association with scholars and policy makers in Poland and the surrounding area—making him one of the leading experts on the domestic politics and international relations of the area.
Ost’s first book, “Solidarity and the Politics of Anti-Politics,” remains one of the most often-cited works dealing with contemporary Eastern Europe. Few scholars write on Poland without referring to his work. His second book, “The Defeat of Solidarity, was recently translated into Polish, and is already in its second printing.
A member of the HWS faculty since 1986, Ost holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY-Stony Brook and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.