Dr. Aleksander Lust

Dr. Aleksander Lust joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in 2013. He earned a BA from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is interested in international security, regional integration, and social protest in Europe and the Russian realm. He teaches a wide range of courses in comparative politics and international relations, including International Politics and Foreign Policy, Ethics of War, and European Government and Politics. A founding member of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, he thinks that the world would be a better place if more politicians studied social science and more social scientists participated in politics.

Areas of Expertise & Interest:

  • Varieties of Capitalism 
  • Regional Integration
  • Social Movements
  • International Security
  • Europe
  • Russia and the former Soviet Union


  • Ph.D., Cornell University (2010)

Courses Taught:

  • International Politics and Foreign Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • Ethics of War
  • International Security
  • European Government and Politics
  • European Union (undergraduate and graduate)


Dr. Lust has published articles in East European Politics and Societies, Information Polity, Political Geography, Post-Communist Economies, and Problems of Post-Communism.


  • Coordinator, Integrative Learning Theme on War and Peace 
  • Consultant, Writing in the Disciplines 
  • Affiliate, Global Studies Program
  • Advisor (with Dr. Nancy Love), Pi Sigma Alpha


  • American Political Science Association 
  • Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 
  • Council for European Studies
Title: Assistant Professor of Political Science
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8327

Fax: (828) 262-2947

Office address
351F Anne Belk Hall