Political Science

Andrea Wagner

Assistant Professor, Political Science
Honours/Discipline Advisor, Political Science

PhD (Carleton)

7-368E, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Andrea Wagner is an assistant professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton and a consultant for Bertelsmann Foundation, responsible for providing regular updates and analytical reports on Romania’s latest anti-corruption efforts. Her research focuses on corruption and rent-seeking in the European Union specifically on the importance of anti-corruption agencies in Central and Eastern Europe. She examines how domestic and international rhetoric directed against highly successful anti-corruption agencies can undermine the fight against corruption.

In addition, the recent return of the specter of populism on both sides of the political spectrum in many developed countries motivated her to focus on uncovering the intricate relationship between populism and Euroscepticism. The current populist Zeitgeist is emerging alongside a general frustration with the direction and magnitude of the European integration process. She is curious to see and test whether the EU citizen holds simultaneously both populist and Eurosceptic attitudes or whether the former is still amicable to the EU integration process even when the EU voter cheers for a populist party.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

European Union politics, American politics, comparative politics, quantitative and qualitative research methods, anti-corruption agencies, populism

Teaching and Research Interests

  • POLS 101 Introduction to Politics
  • POLS 200 Comparative Politics
  • ECON 212 Economics of the European Union
  • POLS 304 Policy–making in the European Union
  • POLS 304 Democracy in the European Union
  • POLS 370- American Politics
  • POLS 399 Quantitative Research Methods
  • POLS 470 Comparative Political Institutions
  • POLS 490 Corruption and Development

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Wagner, A., Stan, L., & Boenker, F. (2019). Sustainable governance indicators: 2019 Romania report. Bertelsmann Foundation.

Wagner, A. (2018, May). Illiberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: What – if anything – can the EU do? Roundtable at ECSA-C, Toronto, ON.

Wagner, A. (2018, April). The rule of law in Europe: Threats and resilience. Workshop at McGill University, Montreal, QC.

Hurrelmann, A., Gora, A., & Wagner, A. (2013). The politicization of European integration: More than an elite affair? Political Studies, 61(4).

Hurrelmann, A., Gora, A., & Wagner, A. (2012). The legitimation of the European Union in the news media: Three treaty reform debates. Journal of European Public Policy, 19(8).

Selected Performances / Recordings / Compositions

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Institutional Grant, 2018
  • Undergraduate Student Research Initiative, MacEwan University, 2018
  • Undergraduate Student Research Initiative, MacEwan University, 2017
  • Supplemental Professional Development Fund, MacEwan University, 2016 

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • Canadian Political Science Association 
  • European Union Studies Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association

Boards / Committees

  • Academic Governance Council, MacEwan University, 2018–present
  • Committee on Admissions and Transfers, MacEwan University, 2018–present
  • MacEwan University United Nations Club, co-faculty advisor, 2017–present  
  • Academic Women and Gender Equity Network, MacEwan University, 2017–present  

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