Anna Grzymala-Busse is the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she is also director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia. With a research focus on religion and politics, informal politics, and post-communist state development in Eastern Europe, she has written about the paradoxical comeback of communist successor parties, party competition and its impact on constraining rent-seeking, state theory, and the unintended consequences of European Union enlargement. The author of the award-winning Rebuilding Leviathan: Party Competition and State Exploitation in Post-Communist Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2007), she holds a PhD from Harvard University.