Transregional Center for Democratic Studies

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 Manager and Ph.D. Student in Politics, The New School for Social Research
Lala is a PhD student in Politics. She is interested in issues of mobility and migration with a special focus on the Romani people. Before coming to The New School, Lala worked for the American Council of Learned Societies for over seven years, managing international fellowship and grant competitions and related workshops, publications, and events in Africa, Europe, North America, and Asia.

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
Clover Reshad is a graduate student in the Politics department at The New School for Social Research. She holds a B.A. in Politics and International Relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her MA thesis explores the role of guilt and redemption in motivating praxis in environmental social movements. Clover is also a principle organizer on the committee for the annual Radical Democracy Conference at NSSR. At TCDS, Clover works as one of the Program Assistants, helping to coordinate its various events and providing administrative support.

Program Assistant and Ph.D. Student in Politics
Theo Almeida holds a degree in economics and is now pursuing a PhD in political science at the NSSR.  He has worked with social projects in Brazil and is a yoga teacher.


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Elzbieta Matynia, Director
212-229-5580 ext. 3137

Lala Pop, Program Manager,
PhD Student, Politics
212-229-5100 ext. 3136

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