Gergana Noutcheva is Assistant Professor in International Relations and European Foreign Policy in the Political Science Department of Maastricht University. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Pittsburgh, USA (2006). She joined the Political Science Department of Maastricht University in January 2007. In 2002-2006, she was Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels where she published a number of articles and policy briefs on the EU enlargement policy, the EU policy towards the Western Balkans and the European Neighborhood Policy.
Gergana's areas of teaching are international relations, European foreign policy, EU democracy promotion. She coordinates the module "The EU as an International Player" in the MA programme in European studies. She also teaches a research-based course "The EU and Democracy Promotion" in the BA programme in European Studies. In the academic year 2007-2008, she co-directed the MA Programme in European Studies at Maastricht University.
Gergana's research interests focus on the EU’s relations with neighbouring countries from the Balkans, Eastern Europe the Mediterranean. Her research aims at explaining the EU's differentiated impact on the domestic structures of non-EU countries from the wider European neighbourhood. In 2008-2010, she was a Marie Curie fellow at Maastricht University working on a research project examining the normative and strategic dynamics of the EU's policies vis-a-vis neighbouring states in two policy areas - democracy promotion and conflict resolution.
Gergana's book "European Foreign Policy and the Challenges of Balkan Accession Conditionality, Legitimacy and Compliance" was published in the Routledge UACES series in 2012: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415596848/