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Gavril Bilev, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. He holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and a B.A. from Whittier College, both in Political Science. Dr. Bilev specializes in Comparative Politics, with a focus on issues pertaining to democratization and formal institutional design. He will be teaching courses in Comparative and World Politics and related fields. Dr. Bilev’s research interests include democratization, sub-national political regimes, formal institutions, and the inter-branch balance of power. His current research project explores why similar Russian regions vary in the executive-legislative balance of power with important implications for political contestation. Qualitative and quantitative data for the project comes from a year of fieldwork in four Russian provinces. Gavril is a native of Bulgaria, born and raised in the capital, Sofia. 

 Email:                                                                        Office:  Cushing 16D                                                                                  Phone: 978-837-5254  



Faculty Facts

  • “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”  —James Madison

  • I am one of the probably few people who really enjoy attending Merrimack’s Faculty-Senate meetings. I guess you could call me a “parliamentary junkie.”

  • I am interested in comparative politics because I lived through the process of democratization. Growing up, I was able to witness the repeated back-sliding into authoritarianism, severe economic crises with hyperinflation, and the often criminal liberalization of the economy associated with the transition.

  • I grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria and speak Bulgarian, Russian, English and basic German.

  • In my spare time, I like to read. My favorite book is Catch 22; I enjoy fiction, fantasy, and lately I have been spending too much time reading RSS feeds of politics and statistics blogs.

  • If I could travel anywhere right now, I would go to China. 

  • Growing up during a time of political and economic transformations, my parents were extremely interested in politics and as a result, so was I.