Leah Seppanen Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Department Chair
On Faculty since 2003

Phone: (630)752-5876
Fax: (630)752-5731
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Education

Ph.D., Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2003.

M.A., Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1999.

B.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 1995, summa cum laude.

About Leah Seppanen Anderson

Professor Anderson was first attracted to the study of politics when the Berlin Wall collapsed and communist countries embarked on the construction of new political regimes. Her fascination with political transition led her to focus her graduate study and research on postcommunist politics. She has lived in and conducted research in the Czech Republic on topics such as postcommunist welfare states, health policy reform, and church property restitution.  Her broad research and teaching interests include European politics, with a particular focus on gender and politics, comparative health policy, and church-state relations.

Off-campus, Dr. Anderson can often be  found on the local bike trails or playgrounds with her two young girls (so to be joined by a new baby boy) and her husband, Nate.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Research Methods
  • Comparative Healthcare Politics
  • Women in Politics
  • Globally Postcommunist Politics
  • European Politics
  • Senior Seminar

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Political Science Association
  • Christians in Political Science
  • International Studies Association
  • Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies

Research

Individual: comparative health policy, property restitution in postcommunist states, gender and politics.

Publications and Presentations

Anderson, Leah Seppanen. 2011. "Teaching Postcommunist Politics: Twenty Years After the Fall." NewsNet: News of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. 51(4): 7-12.

Anderson, Leah Seppanen.  2010.  “Teaching Post-communist Politics.” In The International Studies Encyclopedia, Volume X, ed. Robert A. Denemark. Oxford:  Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 6874-6895.

Anderson, Leah Seppanen.  2010.  Review of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West, by Christopher Caldwell; The Islamic Challenge:  Politics and Religion in Western Europe, by Jytte Klausen; and Breeding Bin Ladens:  America, Islam, and the Future of Europe, by Zachary Shore. Books & Culture (January/February). 

Anderson, Leah Seppanen. 2010. “Barriers to Reform:  Achieving Financial Stability for Czech Healthcare.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, Los Angeles, November 18.

Anderson, Leah Seppanen. 2009. “Health Policymaking in the Contemporary Czech Republic.” Presented at the Annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, Canada.

Anderson, Leah Seppanen. 2008. “The Effects of EU Gender Regulations in the Czech Republic and Poland.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies,  Philadelphia.

Anderson, Leah Seppanen.  2009. “The Anglican Tradition:  Building the State, Critiquing the State.” In Church, State and Citizen, ed. Sandra Joireman. Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 93-114. 

Anderson, Leah Seppanen. "EU Gender Regulations in East: The Czech and Polish Accession Process," East European Politcs and Societies, February 2006.

Anderson, Leah Seppanen. 2006. “Health Policy Interests in the Czech Republic:  Doctors and the State.” Presented at the European Consortium of Political Research Joint Sessions of Workshops, Workshop 25:  Interest Politics in Postcommunist Democracies, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Anderson, Leah Seppanen. 2006. “Health Policy Governance in the Czech Republic:  Doctors and the State.” Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego. 

Anderson, Nate and Leah Seppanen Anderson. "New Nations, Old Problems: Why Eastern Europe's Evangelicals are Growing against the Odds" Christianity Today, October 2005.

Anderson, Leah Seppanen. "Constructing Policy Networks: Social Assistance Reform in the Czech Republic." International Journal of Public Administration vol. 26, 2003.

"EU Legitimacy in the East: Gender Equality Regulation and EU Enlargement," Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Association, Chicago, IL, April 15-April 18, 2004.

"International and Domestic Effects on Postcommunist Welfare State Development," Junior Scholars Training Seminar, Wye River, Maryland, August 2003. Conference sponsored by East European Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC.

"Regulating Women and the Family: Czech Policy-making Since 1989." Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 21-24, 2002.

Anderson, Leah Seppanen. 2001. "Complex Policy Networks: The International, National, and Local Forces Shaping Social Policy Reform in the Czech Republic." Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, August 30-September 2.

Seppanen, Leah. 2001. "Social Policy Reform in the Czech Republic, 1989 to the Present." Gender Studies Center Research Methodologies Seminar, Prague, Czech Republic, March 6.

Seppanen, Leah. 1999. "Where are the Women? Lessons from Postcommunist Feminism in the Former German Democratic Republic and Former Czechoslovakia, 1989-1996." Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Savannah, Georgia, November 5.

Seppanen, Leah. 1998. "Feminism after the Fall: The Women's Movements in Central Europe Since 1989." Piedmont Slavic Colloquium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, October 22.