Carolyn M. Dudek
Associate Professor of Political Science
Degrees: PHD, 1999, Univ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh; MA, 1996, Univ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh; BA, 1993, Canisius Coll
Carolyn M. Dudek, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and received her B.A. from Canisius College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She specializes in comparative politics with regional focuses in Europe and Latin America. She is the author of EU Accession and Spanish Regional Development: winners and losers, P.I.E., Peter Lang Press, which explores the domestic impact of European Union policies, particularly in the areas of economic development and regional nationalism. In addition, she has published several articles and book chapters on Spanish politics, regional nationalism in Europe, European Union regional development policy and pension reform in Europe and Latin America.
Professor Dudek has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain and spent a year doing field research in Galicia, Valencia and Madrid. In addition she was awarded a post-doctoral summer fellowship at Columbia University's European Studies Institute, and prior to coming to Hofstra University, Professor Dudek was a Jean Monnet Fellow in the European Forum research group at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
In 2006 she was again awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach a graduate seminar in Spanish on comparative regional integration at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, she was invited to give lectures in Spanish on EU-Latin American relations at other universities in Argentina. During her six-month stay she conducted research concerning EU policies and their impact on EU-Latin American relations, which is the focus of her latest research project.
In addition to Professor Dudek's research she has also engaged in teaching a wide array of courses such as: Comparative Politics, European Politics, Politics of the European Union, Nationalism, Research Methods, Politics Through Film, and the Politics of Central Europe to name a few. She has also taught in the interdisciplinary Honor's College Culture and Expression course. In addition to teaching on Hofstra's campus she has also been the director and accompanying faculty for the Hofstra in Australia and the Hofstra in Prague and Central Europe programs, and an instructor in the Hofstra in Venice and Hofstra in Australia programs.
In 2002 she was selected to teach in the Semester at Sea program, which is a floating university that circumnavigated the globe. Professor Dudek taught aboard ship and led students on several field trips in ports. In addition, in 2005 Professor Dudek was invited back to the Semester at Sea summer program navigating Europe.
Professor Dudek is currently the Director of European Studies at Hofstra University and writes editorials for on-line and print publications.