David Ost, professor of political science, will be recognized with the prestigious Ed A. Hewett Book Prize for “an outstanding publication on the political economy of the centrally planned economies of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe and their transitional successors.”
The Hewett prize will be granted by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies at their annual convention from Nov. 16 to 19 in Washington, D.C.
Ost will be lauded for his book, “The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe,” published by Cornell University Press. Focusing on the situation facing workers in Poland during the transition from communism to capitalism, the book shows how the Polish experience helps us understand the conditions necessary for democracy to flourish elsewhere in the world, including helping western countries deal with the political problems posed by globalization.
Ost joined the faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1986, after earning his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served as the Senior Fulbright Professor at Central European University and Warsaw University from 1998 to 1999 and has also served, on occasion, as a visiting professor at Central European University in Warsaw and in Budapest.
He is the author of several other books, including “Solidarity and the Politics of Anti-Politics” and co-authored “Workers After Workers’ States” and the textbook “European Politics in Transition.” Ost has more than 40 articles published in journals, has contributed op-eds to The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, and has been featured on the BBC, PBS, the “McNeil-Lehrer Report” and on numerous major radio stations. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Politics and Society.