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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Tomasz Inglot

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Professor of Political Science

 Tomasz Inglot

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



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). Polityka Społeczna (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).

  • Figthing 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. (broken link)

  • "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).



  • 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.