Valerie J. Bunce

Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies
Valerie Bunce


Valerie Jane Bunce is a professor of government and the former director of the Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES). Her primary field is comparative politics; her secondary field is international relations.

Her research and teaching address comparative democratization, the origins and consequences of imperial decline, international democracy promotion (mainly by the United States), interethnic cooperation and conflict, peacemaking, and the diffusion of capitalism from the West to the "rest."