Dr Albena Azmanova
Reader in Social and Political Thought
Brussels School of International Studies
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Albena Azmanova convenes the MA in Political Strategy and Communication and the MA in International Political Economy and teaches the modules Political Strategy, State, Market and Society and the Politics of Globalisation.
Dr. Azmanova is Reader (Associate Professor) of Political and Social Thought. She teaches courses in democratic theory and political economy. Her writing is dedicated to bringing the critique of political economy (back) into critical social theory. Her research ranges from democratic transition and consolidation to the dynamics of contemporary capitalism and its effect on ideological orientation and electoral mobilisation. Among her recent publications are The Scandal of Reason: A Critical Theory of Political Judgment (Columbia University Press, 2012), Reclaiming Democracy: Judgment, Responsibility and the Right to Politics, ed. with Mihaela Mihai (Routhledge, 2015); "The Right to Politics", Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (2016), and "Empowerment as Surrender: how women lost the battle for emancipation as they won equality and inclusion,'' in Social Research 83/3 (Fall 2016). She is currently working on a book manuscript titled The Crisis of 'the Crisis of Capitalism' tracing the mutation of neoliberal capitalism into a novel modality.
After having taken active participation in the dissident movements that brought down the communist regime in her native Bulgaria in 1987-1990, she studied European Law at the University of Strasbourg, did her doctoral studies at the New School for Social Research in New York, and taught political theory at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po.) in Paris, before joining the BSIS in 2005, where she directs the programmes International Political Economy and Political Strategy and Communication. She has been working as a policy advisor to a number of international institutions such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the European Commission, and Transparency International.
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