Paula Ganga is a political scientist with an interest in comparative politics, political economy, and political methodology with a regional emphasis on Eastern Europe and other post-communist societies. Dr. Ganga’s current book manuscript focuses on political determinants of switches between privatization and nationalization and her recent work examines the economic consequences of populist leaders in power. Dr. Ganga’s research bears directly on how nations view the link between democracy and market capitalism, populism, rising illiberalism in recent political transitions, and state capitalism. She received her PhD from Georgetown University in July 2018 and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Harriman Institute at Columbia University. Before coming to The Harriman Institute, Dr. Ganga was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Skalny Center for Polish and Central Eastern European Studies, University of Rochester, and a George F. Kennan Short-term Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.