TCDS Staff


Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research and Director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies
Her research in political and cultural sociology focuses on democratic transformations, gender and democracy, the borderlands of a shared Europe, and more recently on the challenges faced by democracies emerging with a legacy of violence. As director of TCDS, she has developed and directs international Democracy & Diversity Institutes for rigorous study and cross-cultural research on the critical issues facing today’s world. Her book Performative Democracy (2009, Paradigm), explores a potential in political life that easily escapes theorists: the indigenously inspired enacting of democracy by citizens. Challenges following 1989 are explored in her  An Uncanny Era. Conversations between Adam Michnik and Vaclav Havel. (2013 Yale University Press). A Fulbright research scholar in South Africa, she is working on a new book, Democracy After Violence. Elzbieta is a member of the editorial board of Social Research.



Program Coordinator and Ph.D. Student in Politics
Adrian is a Ph.D. student in Politics at The New School for Social Research.  His main interests are Modern and Contemporary Political Theory, Continental Philosophy, History of Social/Political Thought, Democratic Theory, Marxism, Post-Marxism, and Anarchism.  He holds an MA in Politics from NSSR and works as the Program Coordinator for the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) at The New School where in 2017 he organized many events including TCDS’s annual Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw, Poland. Adrian also co-runs the Theory Collective at the NSSR Politics Department and is a principle organizer of NSSR’s yearly Radical Democracy Conference.



Program Assistant and Ph.D. Student in Politics
Masha is a Ph.D. student in Politics Department at The New School for Social Research. She is interested in theoretical and empirical dimensions of such concepts as social movements, non-violent civil resistance, people’s power and democracy. In her dissertation, she explores the non-violent civil resistance movement of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea. Masha works for the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) as a Program Assistant, helping to coordinate Global Dialogue Fellowship and other relevant events.



Ph.D Student in Sociology
Alissa is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the New School for Social Research.  Her research focuses on collective memory and events in post-conflict Kosovo, and she will defend her dissertation in May 2018.  Alissa is currently coordinating the TCDS Memory Group and 2018 Memory Conference.  She is the author of “Kosovo’s NEWBORN Monument: Persuasion, Contestation, and the Narrative Construction of Past and Future” in Apsel J. and Sodaro, A. Eds., Museums and Sites of Persuasion: Politics, Memory and Human Rights, Routledge (forthcoming).



Ph.D. Student in Sociology
Shaowen Wang is a Ph.D. Student in Sociology at the New School for Social Research . Her research interests are Political Sociology, Political Violence, Democracy, Collective Memory, Populism with special focus on China. She holds an MA in Sociology from NSSR and a BA in Sociology from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.




TCDS intern working on Memory Studies






M.A. Student in International Affairs
Joëlle is currently in her second year at the New School under the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA). Her concentration is in Conflict and Security, and has an interest in gender issues within UN Peacekeeping Operations, and data visualization and information design.




M.A. Student in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship
Tricia is a performer and teaching artist who is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at the New School. In addition to her duties at the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, you can find her in several New York schools, serving as a teaching artist for children ages 3 – 10 years old. Whether editing films, crafting a social media campaign or teaching children, she draws from her theatrical background to infuse the work with storytelling, intrigue and whimsey.