Dinissa Duvanova is an Assistant Professor in the political science department at State University of New York, Buffalo. She received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Her research interests include comparative political institutions, interest group politics, political economy of the post-communist transitions, and issues of democratization and state building in Eastern Europe and the new states of Eurasia. Her research examines the political and institutional foundations that underlie the creation and development of business associations in the post-Communist countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. It explores the causal factors that condition different patterns of business organizational development across countries and economic sectors and investigates roles and strategies adopted by the post-communist business community. Currently Duvanova is involved in two additional research projects: the quantitative analysis of China’s domestic market integration (in collaboration with Mary Cooper) and an investigation of theoretical issues surrounding civil service reforms in Eastern Europe (with Katja Michalak). Her work has been published in Comparative Politics and Europe-Asia Studies.