Lucian Leustean is a Reader in Politics and International Relations at Aston University where he has been teaching since 2007. From 2011 to 2014, he was the 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 a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington D.C. (2014-15) and the Principal Investigator of an ESRC Research Grant on ‘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 2015/16 academic year, he is a Fellow of the Westminster Abbey Institute's Parliament Square Programme.