Senior Presidential Adviser, Romanian Presidential Administration
Dr. Laurentiu Stefan is currently Senior Presidential Adviser for Internal Political Affairs of President Klaus Iohannis. Before joining the Presidential Administration, he served as Political Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest (2004-2015). Dr. Stefan is a graduate of political science (BA, University of Bucharest, 1996; MPhil, University of Cambridge, 1998; PhD, National School of Political and Administrative Studies, 2003) and an established researcher, with multiple contributions to European-wide research projects. Dr. Stefan is senior researcher with the Center for Public Policies of the West University of Timisoara. He has been a tenured professor until 2004 and has been associated ever since with the Bucharest University’s Faculty of Political Sciences, where he continues to teach and tutor.
Dr. Stefan was a fellow of the New Europe College (Bucharest, 1999-2002), and of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Vienna, 2000). He was the initiator and the chair of the Romanian Society for Political Science (2000-2005). Most of his research focuses on recruitment of political elites, at both the national and local level (including legislators and cabinet ministers). His main research interests also include parliament, political parties, coalition politics and political careers. He is the author of Patterns of Political Elite Recruitment in Post-Communist Romania (2004) and Who Governs Romania? Profiles of Romanian Political Elites before and after 1989 (2012) and contributed to edited volumes, including Landmark 1989. Central and Eastern European Societies Twenty Years after System Change (LIT Verlag, Berlin, 2010), Parliamentary Elites in Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2013) and Political Careers in Europe. Career Patterns in Multi-Level Systems (Nomos, 2015). He also co-authored articles in Problems of Post-Communism, Journal of Legislative Studies and East European Politics.