Director, Center for Culture and Security; Professor of Politics and Culture
Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon is Professor of Politics and Culture at The Institute of World Politics, and Director of IWP's Center for Culture and Security.
She has also taught at the National Defense University and the Air University's Air Force Culture and Language Center. Her most recent book is Soulmates: Resurrecting Eve (Transaction Publishers, 2011), which follows an anthology she edited, entitled Cultural Intelligence for Winning the Peace, published by IWP Press in September 2009.
Her previous book, Why America is Such a Hard Sell: Beyond Pride and Prejudice was published in 2007, as was Every Vote Counts: The Role of Elections in Building Democracy, which she co-edited with Richard Soudriette. Her book The Bloody Flag: Post-Communist Nationalism in Eastern Europe -- Spotlight on Romania was published by Rutgers University Press in 1991, and her autobiographical book Notes From the Other Side of Night was published in the U.S. in 1979 (republished in 1994) then translated into Romanian in 1993.
Her anthology on civic education, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Ironic Points of Light, was published in Estonian and Russian in 1998. She has also written and edited a textbook on civic education, which is being used, in country-specific versions, throughout Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, endorsed by the Departments of Education in these countries. She has published over two hundred articles and reviews on international affairs, human rights, literature, and philosophy, and has made frequent appearances on radio and television.
During the 1990s, she was first the Director and later the Vice President for Programs at IFES, where she designed, conducted, and managed projects related to a wide variety of democratization projects. Born in Romania, she emigrated with her family and arrived in the U.S. as a teenager. After receiving her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, she held post-doctoral fellowships in international relations at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and at the Institute of Humane Studies. She has also taught at Roosevelt University, Indiana University, Emory University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, American University, the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, and Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on the board of advisors of the Auschwitz-based human rights organization Oswiencim Institute for Human Rights and the International Advisory Board of B‘nai Brith.
Upon her departure from IFES, on Sept. 10, 2002, the Board of Directors passed a resolution in gratitude “for her many years of distinguished service and her tremendous contributions to [IFES’] cause,” commending her “for her efforts in demonstrating that freedom and democratic ideals matter and that they are the primary tools needed to achieve a more peaceful and democratic world.”
To view all of Dr. Pilon's publications, please visit her website: http://julianageranpilon.yolasite.com/.
- Formerly Vice President, International Foundation for Election Systems;
- Senior Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation; and
- Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and St. Mary's College (MD).
- Member, Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Pilon is the author of The Bloody Flag: Post-Communist Nationalism in Eastern Europe (Transaction, 1992); Notes from the Other Side of Night (University Press of America, 1994); and Why America is Such a Hard Sell: Beyond Pride and Prejudice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).
- B.A., 1969, University of Chicago
- M.A., 1971, University of Chicago
- Ph.D., 1974, University of Chicago
CoursesConflict Prevention and Stabilization: Democracy Building in U.S. Foreign Policy
Cultural Intelligence for Strategy and Analysis
Diplomacy: Challenges of the 21st Century
Nationalism and Islamism
PublicationsA Book for All Seasons: Golden Harvest or Hearts of Gold?
Juliana Pilon reviews The Work of Enchantment by Matthew Del Nevo
Dr. Pilon reviews "The Abuse of Holocaust Memory: Distortions and Responses"
BooksNotes from the Other Side of Night
Soulmates: Resurrecting Eve
Cultural Intelligence for Winning the Peace