Lucian Leustean is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University where he has been teaching since 2007. In 2011 he was appointed Associate Dean for Postgraduate Programmes in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. He studied international relations, law and theology in Bucharest and completed his PhD in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He held research studentships at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and the Charles University in Prague and attended summer schools at Boston University, the College for New Europe, Krakow, and Georgetown University.
He was the Principal Investigator of the ESRC Research Grant on the ‘The Politics of Religious Lobbies in the European Union’, 2010-11. He has been awarded the Aston Excellence Award for Outstanding Early-Career Researcher of the Year, the George Blazyca Prize in East European Studies from the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, and the Scouloudi Historical Award of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. He is the Founding Editor of the Routledge Book Series on Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States.
During the 2014/15 academic year, he is a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC.