Michael Bernhard is Ehrlich Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He is the author of Institutions and the Fate of Democracy: Germany and Poland in the Twentieth Century (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005) and The Origins of Democratization in Poland: Workers, Intellectuals, and Oppositional Politics, 1976-1980 (Columbia University Press, 1993). His research interests include the role of civil society in democratization, institutional choice in new democracies, the political economy of democratic survival, and the legacy of extreme forms of dictatorship.
He is the former chair of the European Politics and Society section of the American Political Science Association and the current Chair of the Research Network on the Historical Study of States and Regimes of the Council on European Studies. His most recent work on post-communist Europe (coedited with Jan Kubik) is the volume Twenty Years after Communism: The Politics of Memory and Commemoration (Oxford University Press, 2014).