Cynthia Horne


Current Courses

Fall 2022

  • PLSC 370 – Global Issues
  • PLSC 390 – Politics of Development

Winter 2023

  • PLSC 271 – Introduction to International Relations

Spring 2023

  • PLSC 462 – Political Economy and Political Theory
  • PLSC 491 – Issues in Political Economy WP3/CF-E


Cynthia Horne joined the Political Science Department at Western Washington University in 2006.  Prior to that, Dr. Horne taught at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations in their graduate and undergraduate programs.  Before completing her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, she also worked in the private sector in applied international development.

Professor Horne’s research interests include International & Comparative Political Economy, Post-Soviet Politics & Economics, and Transitional Justice.  Currently, she is focusing on how states address human rights and civil rights violations after a conflict or an authoritarian transition; in other words, how to address wrongs committed in the past?  During her 2012-2013 sabbatical, Dr. Horne was a visiting scholar at the University of Bucharest in Romania and the Center for the Study of Democracy in Bulgaria working on these research questions.  She is the author of numerous publications, including a chapter in Post-Communist Transitional Justice: Lessons from Twenty-Five Years of Experience edited by Stan and Nedelsky (2015).

Dr. Horne’s background is a mixture of traditional academia and more policy oriented training. While completing her M.S. Foreign Service degree at Georgetown University, Dr. Horne worked at NASA in their international relations division on US-Russian joint space activities.  After that, Dr. Horne worked on U.S. Agency for International Development and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development funded development projects involving banking and financial sector restructuring in the Former Soviet Union. Dr. Horne’s fieldwork in places like Hungary, Indonesia, and Poland has also focused on policy related questions.

Dr. Horne teaches courses on International Political Economy, Comparative Political Economy, Political Economy Theory, Development, Globalization, and International Relations. She is the faculty advisor for the joint majors in Political Science/Economics and Philosophy, Politics & Economics.  Come talk to her if you are thinking about a professional Masters program in international relations or if you are interested in one of our political economy programs.

Areas of Specialty

Comparative Politics

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Selected Publications

Selected Publications


  • Transitional Justice and the Former Soviet Union: Reviewing the Past, Looking Toward the Future.  Cambridge University Press, 2018.  Co-editor with Lavinia Stan.
  • Building Trust and Democracy: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Countries. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.  Oxford Studies in Democratization.
  • Post-Communist Economies and Western Trade Discrimination: Are NMEs Our Enemies? New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006.



  • “Evaluating Measures and Their Outcomes,” in Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu (eds.) Justice, Memory and Redress: New Insights from Romania (Cambridge Scholars, 2017): 45-75.
  •  “Vetting and Lustration,” in Dov Jacobs (ed.) Research Handbook on Transitional Justice (E. Elgar, 2017).
  •  “The Timing of Transitional Justice Measures,” in Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelsky (eds.) Post-Communist Transitional Justice: Lessons from 25 years of Experience. Cambridge University Press, 2015.—also to be translated into Polish (2017).
  •  “’Silent Lustration’: Public Disclosures as Informal Lustration Mechanisms in Bulgaria and Romania.” Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 62, May (2015): 131-144.
  •  “The Impact of Lustration on Democratization in Post-Communist Countries.”  International Journal of Transitional Justice. Vol.8, Issue 3(2014): 496-521.
  •  “Reconstructing ‘traditional’ justice from the outside in: Transitional Justice in Aceh and East Timor.”  Journal of Peacebuilding & Development. Vol. 9, Issue 2 (2014):17-32.  
  • “Lustration, Transitional Justice, and Social Trust in Post-Communist Countries. Repairing and Wresting the Ties that Bind?” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 66, No. 2 (2014): 225-254.
  •  “Assessing the Impact of Lustration on Trust in Public Institutions and National Government in Central and Eastern Europe.” Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 45, No. 4 (2012): 412-446.
  •  “Trust and Transitional Justice.”  In Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelsky (eds.) Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  •  “International Legal Rulings on Lustration Policies in Central and Eastern Europe:  Rule of Law in Historical Context.”  Law & Social Inquiry. Vol. 34, No. 3 (2009): 713-744.
  •  “Late Lustration Programs in Romania and Poland: Supporting or Undermining Democratic Transitions? Democratization. Vol. 16, No. 2 (2009): 344-376.