Jennifer A. Yoder

Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies

Box 5317

Phone: 207-859-5317
Fax: 207-859-5229
Mailing Address:
5317 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
Yoder, Jennifer A.


B.A. University of Akron;
M.A. and Ph.D. University of Maryland

Areas of Expertise

  • German politics and society; German foreign policy
  • Politics of the European Union
  • Collective memories and identities of Europe
  • Regional politics and borderlands in Europe

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
GO259 AIntroduction to European Politics
GO344 APost-Communist Transformations
GO354 AThe European Union
GS245 AMemory and Politics

Professional Information

Professor Yoder holds a joint appointment with the Department of Government and the Global Studies Program and teaches courses on European politics and societies. Her special interests are German politics, remembrance and reckoning after communism, and borderlands in Europe. Her latest project examines the politicization of memory of World War II in Europe and Russia. It examines a dozen cases of commemorations where nationalist and far-right actors have attempted to reinterpret the past through the rhetoric and rituals at wartime commemorations. Yoder is the author of two books: From East Germans to Germans? The New Post-Communist Elite (1999) and Crafting Democracy: Regional Politics in Post-Communist Europe (2013). Her articles have appeared in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, German Politics and Society, German Politics, German Studies Review, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies and Regional and Federal Studies.



From East Germans to Germans? The New Postcommunist Elites,
Duke University Press, 1999.
Much of the recent literature on postcommunist 'transitions to democracy' simply ignores the East German experience, apparently assuming that reunification provided East Germans with an easy and ready-made route to democratic capitalism and that little may be learned about transitions from the German experience. Yoder rejects this simplistic notion, filling a serious gap in the transition literature and doing so with intelligence, insight, and style. - Jane Dawson, University of Oregon

Crafting Democracy: Regional Politics in Post-Communist Europe

Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.

The importance of subnational regions to politics, governance, and economic development in Western Europe has long been recognized. However, far less is known about recent steps to introduce a regional level of politics in East Central Europe. Reforms there are part of the larger process of crafting democracy; that is, regional reforms are linked to the economic and political transition away from communism and toward "Europe," specifically the European Union. Crafting Democracy offers an important comparative analysis of the process and outcomes of region-building in the four Visegrád countries. Yoder investigates why some but not other post-communist countries chose to introduce a regional level of elected government.


“’Revenge of the East’? An Exploration of the AfD’s Appeal in Eastern Germany,” German Politics and Society, Vol.38, No. 2 (2020) 35-58.

Angela Merkel’s Discourse about the Past: Implications for the Construction of Collective Memory in Germany, Memory Studies, Vol. 12, No. 6 (2019) 660-676.

“Good Neighborliness in a Tense Neighborhood: German-Polish Relations, 1990 to the Ukraine Crisis,” German Politics, Vol. 42, Issue 1(2018) 555-572.

Dialogues, Trialogues, and Triangles: The Geometry of Germany's Foreign Policy of Trust-Building, German Politics, Vol. 26, Issue 2 (2017) 195-218.

From Amity to Enmity: German-Russian Relations in the Post-Cold War Period, German Politics and Society Vol.33, No. 3 (Autumn 2015) 49-69.

An Intersectional Approach to Angela Merkel’s Foreign Policy, in German Politics. Vol. 20, Issue 3 (September 2011) 360-375.

The Integration and Influence of Eastern German Elites in Politics after 1989, in German Studies Review, Vol. 33, No.3 (October 2010) 549-564.

Die demokratische DDR in der internationalen Arena, (“The Democratic GDR in the International Arena”) in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 11/2010.

No Longer on the Periphery: German-Polish Cross-Border Relations in a New Institutional Context, in German Politics and Society, Issue 88, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Autumn 2008) 1-24.

Leading the Way to Regionalization in Post-Communist Europe: An Examination of the Process and Outcomes of Regional Reform in Poland, in East European Politics and Societies, Special Issue on Poland, vol. 21, no.3 (Summer 2007).

Decentralization and Regionalization after Communism: Lessons from Administrative and Territorial Reform in Poland and the Czech Republic, in Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 55, No. 2 (March 2003) 263-286.

Bridging the European Union and Eastern Europe: Cross-Border Cooperation and the Euroregions, in Regional and Federal Studies, Vol. 13. No. 3 (Autumn 2003) 90-106.

West-East Integration: Lessons from East Germany's Accelerated Transition, in East European Politics and Societies, Vol.15, No.1 (2001) 114-138.

Regional Differentiation in the New German Laender, in After the GDR: New Perspectives on Divided and Reunited Germany (Rodolpi, 2001).

The New Regionalism: Sub-nationalism in Post-Communist Europe, in East European Studies/Woodrow Wilson Center Occasional Paper 58, 2001.

Regional Differences and Political Leadership in the New German States, in German Politics and Society, Vol.18, No.1 (Spring 2000) 33-65.

Truth without Reconciliation in Post-Communist Germany: An Appraisal of the Enquete Commission on the SED Dictatorship in Germany, in German Politics, Vol.8, No.3 (December 1999) 59-80.

The Regionalization of Political Culture and Identity in Post-Communist Eastern Germany,"East European Quarterly, vol. 32 (1998) 197-219.

Culprits, Culpability, and Corrective Justice: Dealing with the Un-democratic Past in the Consolidation of Democracy in Post-Communist East Germany, in Problems of Post-Communism., vol.45, no.4 (July-August 1998) 14-21.

Truth without Reconciliation in Post-Communist Germany: An Appraisal of the Enquete Commission on the SED Dictatorship in Germany, in German Politics, vol.8, no.3 (December 1999) pp.59-80.


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