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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Tomasz Inglot

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Professor of Political Science

Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Director, Political Science Program

 Tomasz Inglot


Contact information 


Minnesota State University, Mankato
Department of Government
Address:  Department of Government
                109 Morris Hall
                Mankato , MN 56001
Phone:  507-389-6934;  Fax: 507-389-6377


Curriculum Vitae


[PDF] Curriculum Vitae (370 KiB)




Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1994.


Research Interests


Comparative Social Policy/Welfare State and Comparative Democratization.


Main Research Area


European Union, Central and Eastern Europe.



  • PS 106 (3): Politics in the World Community

  • PS 201 (1-3): Issues in Politics: Global Issues

  • PS 241 (3): Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • PS 4/534 (3): United States Foreign Policy

  • PS 4/539 (3): Comparative Social Policy / Welfare State

  • PS 4/544 (3): Latin American Politics

  • PS 4/535 (3): Capitalism, Nationalism, Democracy

  • PS 4/541 (3):  Russia and Neighboring States

  • PS 4/547 (3):  Europe-Politics and Policy

  • PS 620 (3): Seminar: Comparative Government (graduate students only)


Selected Publications 

 "Convergent, Divergent, and Reversible Societal Trends in Europe: A Post-Cold War Historical Approach, Quaderni Storici (Bologna, Italy) no.1 (April) 2016. 


"Path-dependency versus Reform in Pensions and Family Policy Re-examined: Dual Trajectories of the Polish Welfare State since the 1990s." Social Policy & Administration, vol.50, no.2 (March), 2016: 241-261.


“Western Welfare States Watched from the East During the Cold War: Condemnation, Competition, and Creative Learning.” Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, vol.29, no.3, 2013: 241-257.


(with Dorottya Szikra and Cristina Rat) "Reforming Post-Communist Welfare States: Family Policy in Poland, Hungary, and Romania Since 2000." Problems of Post-Communism, vol.59, no.6 (Nov-Dec) 2012: 27-49.


“Family Benefits as a “Rejected” Legacy of the Communist Welfare State in Poland, 1947-2003,” Polityka Spoleczna (in Polish). (Warsaw) no. 9 (2010) (Special edition – European Year of Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion). 


"Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia: Adaptation and Reform of the Postcommunist 'Emergency Welfare States' " (Chapter Five), in Alfio Cerami and Pieter Vanhuysse eds. "Postcommunist Welfare Pathways: Theorizing Social Policy Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe." Basingstoke UK: Palgrave/Macmillan 2009


Welfare States in East Central Europe, 1919-2004. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Book website - - Winner of the 2009 AAASS/Orbis Books Prize. (Polish language edition: Warsaw, 2010).


Fighting Poverty and Reforming Social Security: What Can Post-Soviet Learn form the New Democracies of Central Europe?,co-edited with Michael Cain and Nida Gelazis. Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2005.  Book file on pdf.


"From Theory to Practice: Lessons of Postcommunist Social Policy Reforms in Central Europe." In Michael Cain, Nida Gelazis and Tomasz Inglot, eds. "Figthing Poverty and Reforming Social Security: What Can Post-Soviet Learn form the New Democracies of Central Europe.  Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2005.>


"Historical Legacies, Institutions and the Politics of Social Policy in Hungary and Poland, 1989-1999." In Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Legacy of the Communist Rule, eds.Grzegorz Ekiert and Stephen Hanson, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.


"The Emergence of Postcommunist Entitlement States: Social Insurance Policy and Politics Under the Left-Wing Governments in Hungary and Poland." Program on Central and Eastern Europe Working Paper Series, no. 46, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 1998.


"Between High Politics and Civil Society: Polish Trade Unions in the Process of Democratization." Perspectives on Political Science 3 (Summer) 1998.


"The Politics of Social Policy Reform in Postcommunist Poland: Government Responses to the Social Insurance Crisis during 1989-1993." Communist and Postcommunist Studies 3 (September) 1995.


"Explanations of Welfare Effort in Comparative Studies of Social Policy" (in Polish) Polityka Spoleczna (Warsaw, Poland) 7 (July) 1993.


"Ethnic Political Power in a Machine City." (co-authored with John P. Pelissero) Urban Affairs Quarterly 4 (June 1993).


Fellowships, Grants, Awards and Research Travel

Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, MSU-Mankato, 2018

Dr. Duane Orr Teacher of the Year Award, 2015 -- Minnesota State Student Association.


AAASS/Orbis 2009 Book Prize for Welfare States in East Central Europe, 1919-2004


2009/2011-National Council for Eurasian and East European Research- (NCEEER)Collaborative Research Grant.


2009/2010 - Faculty Research Grant, Gradute School, Minnesota State University-Mankato.


2008 - Summer Research Grant, Graduate School, Minnesota State University-Mankato.


2005 - Postsecondary Curriculum Development Program Grant, Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


2003-American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Postdoctoral Fellowship in East European Studies.


2003-Graduate School Research and Travel Grant, Minnesota State University.  


2002-Minnesota Private Colleges/Project JSTOR Mini grant.


2002 -College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS), Minnesota State University-Mankato (MSU) Research and Travel Grant, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland.


2001-2002-Douglas R. Moore Presidential Faculty Research Lectureship, MSU-Mankato.


1999-CSBS Research Grant, MSU Mankato.


1999-International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Short Term Grant.


1997-98-Policy Fellow, Public Policy Forum, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


1998-CSBS--MSU) Research Grant.


1996/97-IREX Short Term Travel Grant, Hungary and Poland.


1996-Graduate School Faculty Research and Travel Grant, Hungary and Poland.


1996-Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, Junior Scholars’ Seminar, East European Studies.


1995-National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: Democratization in Europe, Cornell University, Ithaca NY.


1992/93- Fulbright Fellowship, Warsaw, Poland.


1992-Institute for the Study of World Politics National Scholarship.


1992-Social Science Research Council, Seminar Participant on Soviet and East European Economics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA.