Department of Political Science
Head of Department

Carsten Q. Schneider is Professor and Head of the Political Science Department. Prior to joining CEU in 2004, he obtained his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. His research focuses on regime transitions, the consolidation and quality of democracies. He is also working in the field of comparative methodology, especially on set-theoretic methods, in particular Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and its fuzzy set extension. His book "Set-Theoretic Methods for the Social Sciences", co-authored with Claudius Wagemann, appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2012.
From 2009 - 2014, Schneider was an elected member of the Young Academy of Science in Germany ( and he spent the Academic Year 2009-2010 as a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University ( As its Founding Director, Schneider led the Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies (DISC) at CEU from 2008 to 2014.

Mihail Chiru is a PhD Candidate in the Comparative Politics track since October 2010. He holds a BA in politics from the Bucharest University and a MA in political science from the CEU, with a certificate in electoral politics.
He published several articles and book reviews in journals such as European Union Politics, European Political Science Review, CEU Political Science Journal and The Romanian Journal of European Affairs.
His main academic interests are located in the fields of legislative studies (legislative recruitment, roll-call analysis, party discipline), and voting behavior.
Since October 2010 he is a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies (DISC)

Roland Schmidt is a doctoral candidate in comparative political science at the Central European University. His research interest includes democratization, human rights, and power-sharing arrangements in divided societies. Before joining CEU Roland worked for six years at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Vienna where he was research assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and participated in numerous UN fact finding missions and projects focusing on the prevention of torture. Roland holds a MA in human rights and democratization from the European Regional Master’s Program on Southeast Europe (Sarajevo/Bologna) as well as Magister degrees in political science and economics (University of Innsbruck, Austria). During his undergraduate studies he spent one year at EDHEC, Lille/France and interned among others with the Leadership and Research Team at the ICTY, The Hague and the Humanitarian Law Center, Belgrade.