Cristina Gherasimov joined DGAP in December 2018 as a research fellow at the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia.
Previously, she worked at Transparency International Defence and Security as Manager of the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI). In 2017, Cristina was a Research Fellow at Chatham House with the Russia and Eurasia Programme, where she examined political parties and elite renewal in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Earlier, from 2013 to 2016, Cristina was a lecturer in International Relations and European Politics at Rutgers University. She also worked as a research associate at the Education and Employment Research Center (EERC), where she conducted monitoring and evaluation of trade adjustment federal assistance projects in the United States.
Cristina holds a PhD in political science from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She also studied and conducted research at the European Institute for Advanced International Studies in Nice, University of Wroclaw, Mannheim University, and ETH Zurich. Her expertise includes democratic transitions and institution-building in Central and Eastern Europe and post-communist states, European and Eurasian integration, good governance, rule of law, anti-corruption policy, and democratic backsliding.