Ovidiu Gherasim-Proca is a lecturer in the department of political science, international relations and European studies of Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in political science and a doctoral degree from the same university, with a thesis on Romanian social democracy after 1989. His research interests include political ideologies, political transitions and democratisation processes, political institutions and electoral systems, political anthropology and cultural studies. In 2016 he was awarded a grant from the PATTERNS Lectures programme of Erste Stiftung to introduce a new course on Borders, Barriers and Protest Culture. The New Politics of Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe.